National Union Leader Representing Teachers, Nurses Criticizes DeSantis' Coronavirus Response
The president of a national union representing teachers and nurses argues Gov. Ron DeSantis has mishandled the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic by sending mixed messages about whether schools should be closed and waiting to issue a statewide order instructing residents to stay at home. WLRN depends on donors to remain South Florida’s leading nonprofit, most trusted source of news and information. Support our mission by giving monthly as a sustaining member of Friends of WLRN or make a one-time donation of your choice. Thank you. Click here to give . American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten told WLRN the governor has ignored advice from health experts, contributing to Florida’s trajectory as a likely major U.S. hotspot for COVID-19. “I am shocked — S-H-O-C-K-E-D — shocked that DeSantis did not close the beaches. I'm shocked that he is blaming New York, when you have a lot of kids from spring break that then took planes up to New York after their spring break, after
School Districts Expect Bumpy Transition To Online Learning — And Warn It Could Last Until Summer
The Florida Keys public school district’s website homepage features a video message from the superintendent with the title: “Welcome Back to School.” But it’s not August, and classrooms will remain empty for the foreseeable future.
How Miami-Dade Teachers Are Learning To Balance Home Life With Online Classes
Alexandra Chace helped her students’ parents learn how to log on to their children’s online education portals. She worried, though, they might not be able to do it again once they got home.
Florida Public Schools Prepare For Two-Week Closure To Combat Coronavirus Spread
UPDATED: This story was updated at noon on Sunday, March 15. Millions of Florida children won’t go to public schools for the next two weeks, after the state Department of Education recommended sweeping closures in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Spork? Check. Napkin? Check. But No More Plastic Straws In Miami-Dade School Cafeterias
Forty-five million. That’s how many plastic straws Miami-Dade County Public Schools was sending to landfills every school year, according to estimates by administrators. This school year, that number is zero. Starting last August, the district eliminated plastic straws from the utensil packets distributed during breakfasts, lunches and after-school meals. Now, students get sporks and napkins, and those who need straws can ask for the paper variety. It’s one in a series of steps the nation’s fourth largest school district has taken to become more environmentally sustainable. With 345,000 students and 40,000 employees, simple policy changes can make a big difference. Five years ago, the district swapped out polystyrene foam lunch trays for compostable paper plates. After that, a high school student from MAST Academy started a petition to get plastic straws out of cafeterias. “This was student-driven,” said Penny Parham, an administrator with the district’s food and nutrition department.