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TALLAHASSEE – Florida students began returning to classrooms last week amid a teacher and support-staff shortage, with some counties still advertising positions and exploring “creative options” to fill vacancies.

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OIC of South Florida’s (OIC-SFL) 2022 Middle Class Summit is a two-day conference created for workforce and economic development professionals, policymakers, and all community stakeholders to develop actionable solutions to the many challenges facing the middle class and those seeking to ent…

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Did you know Disney offers a year-round series of races for runners of all levels?  runDisney, one of the largest race organizers in the United States, in terms of number of runners, offers races for all levels – from 5Ks to a marathon, plus a health and fitness expo at all race weekends fea…

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Parents ref lect on victims of the Texas school shooting, with many as young as 10 years old.

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New Orleans’ St. Augustine High School, which accomplished many firsts for African Americans during the 1950s and 1960s, again enjoyed a historical moment for its 2022 graduating class.

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The Florida Charter Schools Association observed National Charter Schools Week from May 8 to 14 by sending several parents to Washington D.C.  to speak out against new proposed rules from the U.S. Department of Education.

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ORLANDO — Florida’s school districts may be down to just a single option for buying new elementary school math textbooks — and it’s a choice that concerns some educators.

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a controversial bill that will bar classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in early grades, characterizing the measure as a way to “protect students” and “support parents.”

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In 2013, as she watched President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, 7-year-old Veronica Bofah decided she wanted to be just like him. She would go to Harvard and one day be president too.

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ORLANDO — School administrators in a Central Florida county canceled a seminar for history teachers on the U.S. civil rights movement, in part, because it had not been screened to make sure it was free of critical race theory, which the college professor planning the presentation says it did…

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On Dec. 26, Vice President Kamala Harris shared her Kwanzaa greetings message to the world. In the video, the vice president, who celebrates the holiday shared how she will be celebrating virtually this year with her family. 

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TALLAHASSEE — Critical race theory shouldn’t be taught to Florida’s children or workers, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday, and he’ll seek legislation next month to ban a practice that is stirring debate nationwide.

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A lot has changed about secondary education since the pandemic began nearly two years ago. Classes stopped and started, many colleges shifted to online courses, loan repayment paused and some schools shuttered altogether.

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The Florida Board of Education has scheduled a meeting next week to consider a U.S. Department of Education complaint seeking to prevent Florida from withholding funds from school districts that received federal money to cover school board members’ salaries.

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There are many reasons why students will choose to attend an historically Black college or university (HBCU). One reason could be tradition, another could be family legacy or academics. For Chandler Robinson, it was for the networking.

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Sisters Empowering Women, Inc. (SEW) has free evening gowns for girls to wear this Homecoming season. The Gowns for Girls program provides evening gowns to girls whose families can’t afford to purchase a dress.

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TALLAHASSEE – Continuing to pressure school districts over their handling of COVID-19, the State Board of Education has scheduled a meeting next week to look at whether 11 districts have complied with rules aimed at preventing student mask mandates.

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The Alabama A&M Bulldogs edged the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 30-27 in a hard-fought battle in front of a crowd of 4,173 at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach on Thursday night.

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida school districts can legally require their students to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a judge ruled Friday, saying Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority when he issued an executive order banning such mandates.

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As students return to school and COVID numbers rise, Alachua moves forward with requirement while Leon decides to comply with state.

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The effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the Black families across the U.S. are devastating. If nothing is done to mitigate these effects, according to researchers at Florida International University and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, by 2030 nearly 40% of all Americans with Alzheimer’s disease will be …

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Some districts look to move forward with masks for upcoming school year

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When I first heard about trauma-informed care for child care professionals, my mind instantly thought of children who had been seriously injured and needed to be rushed to the emergency room for some serious help. I thought of a child who had life-threatening injuries who may succumb to thei…

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TALLAHASSEE – With Gov. Ron DeSantis saying lockdown restrictions and mask mandates meant to stop the spread of COVID-19 did more harm than good, the state clemency board on Wednesday pardoned all Floridians who were arrested or fined for violating local-government requirements about wearing…

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State Rep. Michele Rayner, D-St. Petersburg, launched a campaign Monday to try to succeed Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist, who is running for governor in 2022. Rayner joined a field that also includes state Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg, in what is now Congressional District 13 in …

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Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Monica Rainge last week outlined the America Rescue Plan (ARP) that will bring debt relief to Black and other socially disadvantaged farmers.  

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Parents of public-school students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be able to request that children be retained in their current grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Highly recruited 16-year-old picks HBCU over Ivy League schools COMPILED BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF Florida A&M University (FAMU) is the fall destination for highly recruited scholar Curtis Lawrence III. The 16-year-old Washington, D.C., graduating senior announced in a video on social med…

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NOTE: This story has been updated from a commentary that appears in the May 1, 2021 issue of the Florida Courier.  DAYTONA BEACH – Despite the presence of the global pandemic, the year 2021 started out as a good year for those of us who live figuratively and literally in the shadow of Bethun…

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BY RAFAEL OLMEDA SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie formally pleaded not guilty Wednesday, again asking a Broward judge to dismiss the perjury charge filed by a statewide grand jury. In one of three documents filed by the defense Wednesday, Runcie said he…

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