Tropical Storm Elsa Shuts Schools Along West Coast, Schools of Hope, COVID Peak, and More

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Elsa’s effect on Florida: Tropical Storm Elsa is starting to move north just off the west coast of Florida, and will affect the state today, Wednesday and possibly Thursday. Many coastal school districts have canceled summer classes and other activities today and tomorrow, and some districts are opening schools as shelters for people living in areas prone to flooding. The storm is expected to bring tropical storm force winds, heavy rains, flooding and isolated tornadoes from the Keys to the Big Bend area until Wednesday afternoon, then turn northeast across Georgia and the Carolinas. On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 15 other counties: Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Hamilton, Gilchrist, Jefferson, Lake, Lafayette, Madison, Marion, Sumter, Suwanee, Taylor and Wakulla, joining the 15 that were declared last weekend: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota. Florida Information Service. Associated press. Florida Department of Education. Tampa Bay Times. FUM. WFLA. WTSP. WTVT. WFTS. Bay News 9. Orlando Sentry. WKMG. Florida Times-Union. WJXT. WTLV. Florida Politics. USA Today Network in Florida. Pensacola’s Journal. Daily News from Naples. WFTX. WBBH. Ledger of Lakes. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. WWSB. WFTX. Ocala Star-Banner. Sun of Gainesville. WTXL. Daytona Beach News-Journal. Northwest Florida Daily News. Chronicle of Citrus County. Charlotte sun. WFOR.

Around the state: With 39 underperforming schools, Hillsborough County could see an increase in the number of schools of hope, summer camps and school learning programs are contributing to the sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases last week in Leon County and Florida, and state faculty are concerned that a new state law proposing a one-time purchase agreement on tuition fees for students in STEM subjects could lead to overcrowded classrooms and students who take classes for the wrong reasons. Here are details of those stories and other developments from state districts, private schools, colleges, and universities:

Hillsborough: The district, with 39 of Florida’s worst performing elementary schools, has become fertile ground for the state’s Schools of Hope program. The program encourages five highly reputable charter school companies to open schools in areas where neighborhood schools have failed, with little or no input or oversight from local school boards. Some critics of the program claim that the proliferation of school choices, in the form of charter schools and magnetic schools, has for years attracted successful students to neighborhood schools. This, they argue, has contributed to the continuing struggles of many schools. Tampa Bay Times.

Palm beach: Thousands of dollars in grants are available to teachers in the district through the Palm Beach County Educational Foundation. Last year, the foundation’s grant program awarded teachers $ 116,000 for program supplies and supplements. Foundation CEO James Gavrilos said all unique and innovative ideas to improve classrooms are being considered. WPTV.

Leon: The number of coronavirus cases soared 130% last week, while the number of cases in the state rose 42%. Health officials attributed some of the increase to children’s summer activities, such as camps and summer school. “In part, the increase is linked to outbreaks of summer camps affecting young children / adolescents,” a spokesperson for the local health department said. “We encourage eligible people to get vaccinated. We are stepping up our contact tracing efforts to try to contain the virus and prevent its spread in the population. ” Tallahassee Democrat.

Colleges and universities: A new state law that offers a one-time purchase agreement on tuition fees for students in STEM subjects could lead to overcrowded classrooms and students taking classes for the wrong reasons, say the teachers. Tampa bay times. The University of Florida has had mixed success in achieving 15 anti-racist goals it set for itself a year ago. Sun of Gainesville.

The coronavirus effect: Mental health experts say many young students have fallen academically, socially and emotionally behind the pandemic, and the effects could last for years, if not decades. FUM.

School Reviews: The 2020-2021 school year saw a sharp increase in school choice reforms, charter school enrollments, a large to gigantic increase in home schooling (estimates vary) and the emergence of a micro-education sector. Matthew Ladner, redefined. Florida’s new law requiring colleges and universities to survey students and employees as a means of developing intellectual diversity is short on the details and long on partisan politics. Tampa bay times. Having conversations about critical race theory is essential for future social workers to effectively understand the people they will serve. Orlando Sentry Darla Spence Coffey. As a society we have stepped out of our past and teaching our children that systemic racism exists is inherently racist. Joseph P. Lorio, Daytona Beach News-Journal. I am an LGBTQ teacher in Florida and I don’t always feel seen, protected, or supported. Brian Kerekes, Lakeland Ledger. The legislature could produce a one-time purchase program that is both fair and sustainable by adding nursing and education to the program and then reimbursing universities for the cost of the program. Paul Cottle, Bridge to Tomorrow. We have spelling bees. Why not read the bees? Adam Tyner, Orlando Sentry.


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