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Thousands of students committed under Baker Act

By RYAN DAILEY, NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA, Nov 18, 2022. TALLAHASSEE — Florida had 5,077 incidents of students being involuntarily committed under a mental-health law known as the Baker Act during the past school year, data presented Wednesday to a school-safety commission showed. The Baker Act is a roughly 50-year-old state law that allows courts,

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Schools

Sen. Sasse, ‘sole finalist’ in UF presidential search, chosen to lead FL’s flagship university

By DANIELLE J. BROWN, Florida Phoenix,  Nov 1, 2022. The University of Florida’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to approve Nebraska’s U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as the new president to lead Florida’s flagship institution, despite weeks of outcry, questions about the senator’s political views, and an air of secrecy around the search process that led to

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Schools

Ron DeSantis has failed kids on education

He can try to paint a different picture, but Ron DeSantis has done nothing to address a critical teachers shortage – instead, he has injected divisive culture wars and chaos into our children’s classrooms and has threatened to defund school districts whose leaders disagree with him. Here’s the reality of education in Florida under Ron DeSantis: DeSantis

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Opinion

Censorship is the refuge of the weak

By The Editorial Board, The New York Times, Sept. 10, 2022. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. Fights about free speech can feel rhetorical until they are not. Here’s what censorship looks like in practice:

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Elections

Lt. Gov. candidate says DeSantis is on Proud Boys’ side

By FRANK DIFIORE, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, Sept 14, 2022. Karla Hernandez-Mats poses for a photo with supporters after the press conference (SUN PHOTO BY FRANK DIFIORE). SARASOTA — The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor criticized Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday for making common cause with the Proud Boys in school board elections. Karla Hernandez-Mats,

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Economy

Republicans would like to offer you some resentment

By Jamelle Bouie, NY Times Opinion Columnist, Aug 27, 2022 The Republican response to President Biden’s student loan forgiveness program is to try to turn the issue into a culture war. “Democrats’ student loan socialism is a slap in the face to working Americans who sacrificed to pay their debt or made different career choices to

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Opinion

DeSantis aims to scare academics. Unfortunately, it’s working.

Perspective by Diane Roberts, The Washington Post,  August 18, 2022 at 1:29 p.m. EDT Diane Roberts is a journalist and professor of English at Florida State University. Her most recent book is “Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America.” For professors, the advent of the fall semester means nailing down the course syllabus as

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Opinion

Florida’s children have needs to meet

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Aug 11, 2022. OUR POSITION: A nationwide report that examines the well-being of children in each state indicates Florida has plenty of work to do. The kids are not all right. That’s how we would surmise statistics accumulated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation for

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Florida Legislation

Florida teachers race to remake lessons as DeSantis laws take effect

By Lori Rozsa, The Washington Post, July 30, 2022. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Miami-Dade County school board couldn’t make up its mind. It has voted three times in four months on whether students can use a particular textbook, “Comprehensive Health Skills,” for sex education classes. The board for the state’s largest district signed off

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Opinion

What’s next in the attack on public education?

By Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 29, 2022. Monitoring the news from afar during my unanticipated but compulsory month-long sabbatical from Florida* allowed me an outsider’s perspective on the state of our state. Even from a distance it was impossible not to feel stunned by the escalating attack on public education as we move toward

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Opinion

Who wants to be a teacher nowadays?

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on June 12, 2022. OUR POSITION: We can’t afford to lose teachers to today’s demands and challenges that go far beyond the classroom. Never in the history of our nation have teachers come under the scrutiny they face now, nor have they faced the current dangers

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Schools

Charlotte Dem Jim Hussey addresses our School Board

Editor’s note:  Charlotte Dems associate member Jim Hussey addressed the School Board of Charlotte County at its regular public monthly meeting on June 6, 2022. He responded to negative comments made at the May meeting by a Port Charlotte resident, which led to the resignation of teacher Deven Seibert. The School Board consists of five

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Schools

Resident demands teacher’s firing at School Board meeting

Editor’s note:  Dems need to support our teachers and School Board members by attending these public meetings and refuting positions made by certain members of the public. We also need to identify and support a centrist candidate to succeed Ian Vincent on the Board. He has decided  to not retain this position.  By Nancy J.

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Republicans

Something doesn’t add up about Governor DeSantis’ math book ban 

Miami, FL — After Ron DeSantis banned 40% of proposed math textbooks in Florida, reports indicate that the only publisher that has been approved to offer K-5 math books in Florida schools is owned by the Carlyle Group, a hedge fund with deep ties to the Republican Governor of Virginia. Billy Epting, assistant superintendent for academic

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Republicans

Florida targets school math textbooks over critical race theory objections

BY ANA CEBALLOS. HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU, APRIL 15, 2022 The Florida Department of Education on Friday said the state will not include dozens of math textbooks in a list used by school districts to buy books for classrooms because their content included references to critical race theory and other “prohibited topics” and “unsolicited strategies.” The

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Florida Legislation

You just can’t tell the truth about America anymore

By Jamelle Bouie,  New York Times Opinion Columnist, Feb. 18, 2022. There is a dangerous censoriousness pulsing through American society. In small towns and big cities alike, would-be commissars are fighting, in the name of a distinct minority of Americans, to stifle open discussion and impose their views on the community at large. Dissenters, when they

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Economy

Mental health and homelessness issues rise in Charlotte County schools

By NANCY J. SEMON, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Feb 14, 2022. PORT CHARLOTTE — Mental health issues and homelessness among students are increasing in Charlotte County, school officials said last week. During a Charlotte County School Board workshop, a school psychologist and the director of intervention and drop-out prevention told board members about steps the

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Florida Legislation

In his fight against ‘woke’ schools, DeSantis tears at the seams of a diverse Florida

By Tim Craig and Lori Rozsa, The Washington Post, Feb 7, 2022. MIAMI — The school system in Florida’s most populous county includes students whose families moved here from 160 nations. Its expansive cultural mix is represented in the district’s curriculum, which includes not only American history, but also the stories of violent government upheavals, such as the revolution

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Democratic Women's Club

DWC Betty Gissendanner Memorial Scholarship applications are available at Charlotte County high schools

Do you know or are you a young female Democrat who will be graduating from a Charlotte County public high school in 2022? If so, application packets for the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) of Charlotte County’s Betty Gissendanner Memorial Scholarships are now available at your high school.  Completed applications are due by March 1, 2022.

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