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Teachers union calls on Florida governor to keep schools closed

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Teachers union calls on Florida governor to keep schools closed

Florida’s statewide teachers union called on Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday to “declare the previously unthinkable” and keep schools closed through the end of the school year due to the coronavirus. “As much as our students and educators want the opportunity to be back at our schools, returning prematurely will threaten the safety and well-being of all on campus,” Florida Education Association president Fedrick Ingram wrote in a letter. More from the Tampa Bay Times, Click Orlando, and CBS Miami.

Florida issues 32,000 laptops to rural school districts

Florida issued more than 32,000 laptops to small and rural school districts across the state during the stay-at-home order amid the spread of the coronavirus, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis. Gov. DeSantis said the computers are being distributed to 34 districts throughout Florida and the Florida A&M University Developmental Research School. More from WKMG and WTSP.

Opinion: University leaders step up to handle challenges of coronavirus

Florida continues to face an unprecedented period of disruption and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we face the coming days with anxiety, I strongly believe that there is much occurring around our state for which we can be encouraged, reassured, and uplifted. Our universities remain critical sources of knowledge, innovation, and expertise for the state and are eagerly “leaning in” to support the fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus. [Source: Fort Myers News-Press]

Florida schools get $173 million in federal coronavirus aid

About $3 billion will be distributed to governors to aid state school systems through the coronavirus crisis, the federal government announced Tuesday. And Florida’s cut is the second-highest at about $173 million. The Florida Department of Education did not immediately respond to questions about how the state might spend the money. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

University of Florida: Engineering research to build a better, more sustainable future

What do the solutions to the world’s biggest challenges have in common? Most of them began with engineering research. At the University of Florida’s Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment (ESSIE), solving problems related to global sustainability is the bedrock of the graduate student experience. [Source: ]

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