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March 6, 2024

Lawakers approve history of communism for schools

Under a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Robert Charles Brannan III of Macclenny, the history of communism would be taught in…

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February 14, 2024

Should schools teach the history of communism?

Rep. Robert Charles Brannan III of Maccleny proposes that schools teach the history of communism in grades as low as…

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“I don’t think you could say, you can fly any flag you want except one or two. Then I think that would be maybe content-based discrimination,” Gov. Roon DeSantis said. | Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis
February 7, 2024

Bill that would restrict pride flags stalls in committee

The bill to restrict flags flown on public buildings stalled in a Senate committee hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis supported…

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January 22, 2024

Fees proposed for excessive challenges to schoolbooks

HB 7025 calls for people who make objections to more than five materials during a calendar year to be assessed…

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January 18, 2024

Florida education board takes aim at diversity programs

The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved rules that will prevent colleges from spending money on diversity, equity and…

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December 22, 2023

Legislature attacks AI abuse as technology spreads

Legislative proposals target issues such as potential defamation of people using AI in media and use of the technology in…

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December 6, 2023

Here are the governor’s priorities in 2024-25 budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a variety of tax cuts and spending on such things as teacher salary increases and police…

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Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, is sponsoring a bill that could expand eligibility for veterans' long-term care facilities. | Colin Hackley
November 15, 2023

Lawmakers may allow spouses to live in veterans facilities

A Florida Senate panel backed the proposal, which also would apply to parents of military members who died in service.…

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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed suit against Meta, the parent company of Facebook. | Michael Dwyer, AP
October 25, 2023

Florida alleges Facebook and Instagram addict children

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has sued Meta, the parent company of the two social media platforms.…

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September 27, 2023

Florida sports betting faces a new challenge

Two parimutuel companies are challenging a multibillion-dollar gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe.…

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September 15, 2023

Over 100,000 new students got Florida school vouchers

A total of 242,929 students have enrolled in 2,098 private schools using vouchers through the state’s expanded programs.…

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Moms for Liberty co-founder Tina Descovich speaks June 30, 2023, at the group's meeting in Philadelphia. | Matt Rourke, AP
September 6, 2023

Moms for Liberty co-founder appointed to ethics panel

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday appointed Tina Descovich to the Florida Commission on Ethics, which reviews conduct by public officers…

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August 24, 2023

Special magistrates could weigh schoolbook disputes

State education officials set the stage Wednesday for special magistrates to hear disputes about issues such as parents’ objections to…

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Students listen in an AP class. | Charles Dharapak, AP
August 3, 2023

AP Psychology classes ‘effectively banned’ in Florida

The College Board says the state objects to content on sexual orientation and gender identity.…

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April 28, 2023

Florida Senate votes to block DEI spending in higher education

Two of Northeast Florida’s senators voted against the bill. Two voted in favor.…

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State Sen. Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville
March 30, 2023

Here’s how local lawmakers voted on gun law changes

Democratic legislators from Northeast Florida voted against a bill that allows people to carry guns without licenses. Republicans voted yes.…

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March 23, 2023

Massive expansion of school vouchers sent to governor

The Republican-controlled Senate passed the measure Thursday amid warnings from Democrats like Sen. Tracie Davis of Jacksonville.…

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March 17, 2023

House passes major school voucher expansion

The bill would make every Florida student eligible for taxpayer-backed school vouchers — a priority of House Speaker Paul Renner…

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February 9, 2023

Athletic board drops questions about students’ menstrual cycles

The Florida High School Athletic Association voted to remove questions about athletes’ menstrual history from a form required to participate…

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January 31, 2023

DeSantis wants to scrap college diversity programs

Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a slate of reforms to eliminate what he considers a left-leaning political agenda in higher education.…

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January 20, 2023

UNF spends $3.5 million on diversity and inclusion

The University of North Florida — like other universities — had to report its diversity expenses as the state fights…

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December 22, 2022

DeSantis seeks grand jury probe into COVID-19 shots

Saying that COVID-19 vaccines have been “pushed on Americans,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday asked the state Supreme Court to…

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State Board of Education member Ryan Petty expressed “grave concerns” about whether certain parts of some district support-guide documents ran afoul of state law.
December 13, 2022

State to scrutinize Duval Schools’ LGBTQ support guide

The State Board of Education is slated this week to scrutinize LGBTQ support guides and bathroom policies for transgender students…

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December 5, 2022

Duval among bottom Florida counties for kindergarten vaccinations, worst for 7th grade

Last school year marked a more than 10-year low for Florida’s kindergarten and seventh-grade students completing all doses of required…