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New Florida laws on classroom topics make teaching about the holidays trickier

| 12/8/2022

New Florida laws on classroom topics make teaching about the holidays trickier

The state has threatened to remove teachers’ certification if they violate new laws relating to the instruction of topics such as race and gender. At the same time, it has amplified the rights of parents to control their children’s lives in areas such as education and religious upbringing. Warnings against “indoctrination” loom large. Yet many key details remain vague. The environment has made some teachers reluctant to keep books on their shelves or introduce potentially contentious subjects into their lessons. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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UF's YEAH high school partnership program helps foster young talent in health careers

UF Health Jacksonville is reaching out to prospective employees as early as high school. Since last year, the hospital has formed a partnership with Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts, a nearby magnet school, to select 25 students each year for its YEAH program — Youth Education for Advancing in Health. Participants apply for the program and then visit UF Health Jacksonville about five times during a school year and are exposed to various health careers, says Ann-Marie Knight, vice president of community engagement and chief diversity officer. [Source: Florida Trend]

Presidents from nearly 40 Florida universities gather for 'first-of-its-kind' meeting

Nearly 40 college and university presidents from across the state of Florida gathered in one room Wednesday — hosted by Tallahassee Community College — for a meeting behind closed doors. Presidents from both the Florida College System and the State University System of Florida were invited to the private meeting to discuss system-wide educational goals and to share their best practices with each other, according to the Florida Department of Education’s spokesperson. More from the Tallahassee Democrat and WCTV.

Partisan school board races proposed

A House Republican on Tuesday filed a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to make school-board races partisan. Rep. Spencer Roach, R-North Fort Myers, filed the proposal (HJR 31) for consideration during the 2023 legislative session, which will start in March. Roach unsuccessfully filed a similar measure for the 2022 session. School-board races are required to be nonpartisan contests under the state Constitution. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Florida’s required school immunizations fell to 10-year low

Last school year marked a more than 10-year low for Florida’s kindergarten and seventh-grade students completing all doses of required immunizations, according to a recent report from the state Department of Health. About 91.7% of kindergarten students in public and private schools statewide completed the immunizations required to enter school during the 2021-2022 year, the September report showed. That rate of completion is the lowest since the 2010-2011 school year, when 91.3% of students completed all doses of the required vaccines. [Source: News Service of Florida]

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