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Florida surgeon general defies science amid measles outbreak

By Lena H. Sun and Lauren Weber, The Washington Post, February 22, 2024. As a Florida elementary school tries to contain a growing measles outbreak, the state’s top health official is giving advice that runs counter to science and may leave unvaccinated children at risk of contracting one of the most contagious pathogens on Earth, clinicians and

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Democratic Women's Club

DWC Betty Gissendanner Scholarship applications now available

The Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club is once again offering its Betty Gissendanner Scholarship to young women graduating from a Charlotte County high school in the spring of 2024 with plans to attend college in the fall of 2024. Applicants must be registered or pre-registered as Democrats. They are chosen on the characteristics that illustrate

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Economy

Florida rejects $248 million in federal aid to feed hungry children

By JEFFREY SCHWEERS | jschweers@orlandosentinel.com | Orlando Sentinel,  December 22, 2023. TALLAHASSEE — Time is running out for Florida to opt into a new federal program that would provide $248 million to help feed 2 million children next summer who might otherwise go hungry. But it isn’t likely to happen as the state agency best equipped to run the

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Opinion

Books are not the enemy; book bans are

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 14, 2023.  On the same date, the Sarasota County Commission voted 4 to 1 to discontinue membership in the American Library Association and the Florida Library Association. Why are some people so scared of books? People are agitating to have books they object to

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News

Crowd packs School Board meeting in furor over LGBTQ books

By GARRY OVERBEY, The Daily Sun, Oct 10, 2023. Judy Minier, Brendan Burke and Joanne Kropf wave their rainbow flags at Tuesday’s Charlotte County School Board meeting – PHOTO BY GARRY OVERBEY PORT CHARLOTTE — When the pledge of allegiance faded with the words “and justice for all,” one voice added, “Someday.” That moment set the

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News

Authors come together to fight Florida book bans

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer, Oct 5, 2023. NEW YORK — Judy Blume, James Patterson and Michael Connelly are among 24 prominent writers who have raised more than $3 million to help PEN America open an office in Miami and expand it efforts to counter Florida’s surge in book bannings in recent years. “What

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Opinion

Why do Republicans demonize teachers?

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Sept 1, 2023. As I watched the Republican Presidential Primary Debate last week, I was appalled that teachers and teachers’ unions were demonized. Teachers were charged with indoctrinating students, going against the concerns of parents, and ignoring the need for student achievement.

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Analysis

Using Frederick Douglass to rationalize slavery? In Florida, Yes!

By Charles M. Blow, Opinion Columnist, New York Times, Aug. 16, 2023. Gov. Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign may be floundering as he struggles to win over Republican voters with his deadpan robotic demeanor, and he may be shuffling campaign staff like he’s taking a mulligan, but the damage he did to Florida to get himself to

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Analysis

The Florida Board of Education’s new standards for African American history

By HEATHER COX RICHARDSON, Letters from an American, July 22, 2023. The Florida Board of Education approved new state social studies standards on Wednesday (Jul 20, 2023),  including standards for African American history, civics and government, American history, and economics. Critics immediately called out the middle school instruction in African American history that includes “how

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Opinion

Rocky Hanna: With 460,000 school library books, parents will determine kids’ access

Recently there have been new laws and regulations placed on schools by the governor and the Florida Legislature focused on determining whether books and educational material are deemed obscene or age appropriate. In the past, media specialists and librarians could use something called The Miller Test to determine whether a book was appropriate for school aged children.

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News

Moms For Liberty deemed hate group by SPLC

By Scott Lawson, Managing Editor, The Venice Gondolier, June 7, 2023. Protesters gathered outside a Moms for Liberty event in Tampa in July, 2022. NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA PHOTO BY RYAN DAILY Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks on July 2022 at a Moms for Liberty event in Tampa. News Service of Florida/Ryan Dailey SARASOTA —

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Essay

$1000 scholarship awarded to Lemon Bay High School graduate

On Monday, May 8th, the Englewood Democratic Club presented its first “Living Democracy Award” to graduating Lemon Bay High School senior, Addison Adcock at a ceremony held at the high school.  Ms. Adcock was the winner of the Club’s non-partisan essay contest based on the question: “What Can I do to Preserve and Improve Our

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Opinion

This Is what the right-wing takeover of New College looks like

By Michelle Goldberg, Opinion Columnist, The New York Times, Apr 29, 2023. SARASOTA, Fla. — When I first met Matthew Lepinski, the faculty chair of New College of Florida, he was willing to give the right-wingers sent to remake his embattled progressive public school a chance. This was in January, a few weeks after Gov. Ron

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Elections

No reason for partisan school board elections

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Apr 28, 2023. OUR POSITION: Turning school board races in Florida into potential clashes over party politics does nothing to help students or the state’s goal to be a leader in education. It will be up to voters in 2024 to right a wrong. The wrong

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Events

Charlotte County school superintendent search down to five

The Daily Sun, Staff Report, Apr 25, 2023 PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County Public Schools’ search for a new superintendent is down to five finalists, the district announced Tuesday. The finalists are: • Ernie Lozano – executive director of Behavioral Threat Assessments, Broward County Public Schools. • Robert Bedford – principal at Lemon Bay High School, Charlotte

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Opinion

We must embrace and improve public education

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on March 31, 2023. Submit your own letter to the editor by clicking HERE.  Horace Mann (1796-1859), the architect of modern public education, believed deeply in the importance, value, and superiority of public education; it became his life’s work. “Public Education is the

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis chopping away at democracy in Florida

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on March 28, 2023. Submit your own letter to the editor by clicking HERE.  Be alert to the fascist strategies Governor Ron DeSantis is exerting on the public education system — our children and grandchildren — in the state of Florida! The voucher

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Florida Legislation

So many questions about school voucher bill

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on March 21, 2023. Any day now, the Florida Senate will side with their colleagues in the House and approve a voucher bill that will give money for any student in the state to attend a private school. Republican legislators want to expand the state’s voucher

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Opinion

What is Ron DeSantis doing to Florida’s public liberal-arts college?

By Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, February 22, 2023 DeSantis is not simply inveighing against progressive control of institutions. He is using his powers as governor to remake them. In the context of other universities—the sort of assessment the Princeton Review’s guidebooks might do—New College of Florida, situated on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico,

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