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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - FL: Children's

Schools, child-care centers, and individuals from across the state submit thousands of decorated paper hands to hang at the Florida State Capitol during Children's Week. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - This week, Florida's Capitol was jam-packed with the sticky hands of children to force policymakers to take note of their needs. The annual "Children's Week" kicked off last Sunday, with an event known as the "hanging of the hands" in the Capitol Rotunda. Tens of thousands of p

In January, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to eliminate common core and instructed State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to review the academic standards for Florida’s kindergarten through grade 12 students to find a replacement. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the fifth time in 24 years, Florida is changing its education standards - this time away from Common Core. But some educators say a complete overhaul is unnecessary. In January, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to ditch Common Core, a set of academic standa

According to NAMI, 13% of children ages 8-15 experience a mental health condition. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Public schools in Florida will now be required to teach students at least five hours of mental health instruction beginning in sixth grade, under a mandate approved by Florida's Board of Education on Wednesday. Under the plan, students in grades 6 through 12 will take cou

Most low-income children rely on Medicaid and CHIP-funded programs, such as Florida KidCare, to meet their health needs, but fewer Florida children are enrolled. (Semevent/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nationwide, over 828,000 fewer children were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program combined at the end of 2018. A new report says about 70% of those losses took place in seven states, including Florida. Usually, a drop in enrollment for gov

Young Black and Hispanic children were missed twice as often in the 2010 Census count as white children, according to Florida KIDS COUNT. (ponce_photography/ Pixabay)

MIAMI – Exactly one year from Monday, the official count of every resident of the United States begins with the 2020 Census. But Florida has long had problems getting an accurate count of its children. Nearly 1 million children were missed in the last census, according to data from Florida

Children's advocates are calling for more investment in diversion programs, such as civil citations, that keep young people out of the juvenile justice system. (marcino/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. – A major conference in Tampa is bringing experts together from across the country to address why kids involved in the juvenile justice system have high levels of behavioral health disorders. The 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Beha

Florida's Department of Children and Families claims the state's 19 community-based care lead agencies are surpassing federal performance standards for child-placement stability. (bandita/Flickr)

MIAMI — The goal for the thousands of children in Florida's foster care program is to find forever homes. But a new tracking system developed at the University of Miami shows the dream for many children is short-lived. Many kids don't even unpack because of the uncertainty over how long they

Head Start and the expansion of state-funded programs since the 1990s have greatly increased access to preschool, according to Florida KIDS COUNT. (FeeLoona/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. – A new study shows kids who attend Pre-Kindergarten programs do better in reading, writing and math as they get older than those who weren't enrolled. The Duke University study tracked the progress of students who'd been in North Carolina's pre-school program and showed gains in

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