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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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News

Rick Scott forecasts ‘unbelievable’ school board changes in 2022

By A.G. Gancarski,  FloridaPolitics.com, December 29, 2021. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to project optimism about the electoral climate for Republicans, forecasting an “unbelievable” shift in school boards in 2022. During an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show, the Senator said there would be an “unbelievable number of school board changes this next

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Schools

Charlotte County student dies from COVID-19

By Nancy J. Semon, The Daily Sun staff writer, Sep 3, 2021. MURDOCK — While discussing whether to change its optional mask mandate Friday, School Board members revealed a Charlotte County student died from COVID-19. This is the first known Charlotte County public school student to die from complications related to the coronavirus. No information

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Coronavirus

School boards, parents challenge DeSantis ban on mandatory school masks

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, August 13, 2021. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mandatory school masks, challenged by several county school boards and revamped by his own administration, faces an early test Friday in a Leon County courtroom. Circuit Judge John Cooper has scheduled a hearing on a lawsuit brought by parents from a half-dozen

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Opinion

Don’t ban discussion of nation’s prejudice

Editor’s note:  this letter by a Charlotte Dems member appeared in the Daily Sun on July 22nd. Please support our local newspaper by subscribing to it! GOP lawmakers are attempting to drag us into a moral panic over a problem that doesn’t exist: critical race theory (CRT). Their rants alleging there is no racism have

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Florida Legislation

Gov. DeSantis takes on how racial history is taught in Florida schools

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, May 28, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to declare victory on another front in what critics call a culture war  – with his administration expected to approve new limits on how racial history is taught in Florida schools. The Republican governor has spent weeks ridiculing “critical race theory,”

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Analysis

We want schools to reopen but do it safely, experts tell Charlotte County Dems

School closures, and economic shutdowns will cause measurable income losses for today’s students, two economics experts told Charlotte County Dems in an online discussion. Dr. Phalin, economics and international business professor at the Warrington Business College, University of Florida, said the economic effects of COVID-19 could be estimated by looking at the economic effects of

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News

Florida DOE Decides Civics isn’t Really Important

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Remember High School Civics Class? I had it Twice in High School (9th Grade Civics and 12th Grade Problems of Democracy). Then again In college (American Government). Florida Legislature passed a law requiring Civil Literacy in 2017 in an effort to ensure the electorate had a passable understanding of how our government works. A good

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It’s Time to Fully Fund Public Education

Critics of our public schools point to the poor performance of the schools in impoverished areas while simultaneously diverting taxes into various voucher programs that hamstring the schools. Privatization proponents have found multiple ways to funnel funding away from our schools including a dollar for dollar write corporate tax off to donate to voucher programs.

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