Local and State

DeSantis scraps FSA, adopts new student progress monitoring system

by PAT RAIA, [email protected]

The current school year will be the last that tests student achievement at the end of the year according to a proposed legislative plan that will monitor student progress three times during the academic year instead. Unveiled by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sept. 14, the proposal will end the Florida Statewide Assessment (FSA) common core testing in Florida.

Schools can keep mask mandates while DeSantis appeals

by PAT RAIA

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School districts that issued their own mask mandates can keep those in place while Gov. Ron DeSantis appeals a court decision supporting them. The ruling stems from DeSantis’ executive order forbidding school districts from imposing mask mandates that require the masking of students in K-12 classrooms unless those policies offer a way for parents to opt-out of the mandate.

Hula bowl will happen in Florida

By PAT RAIA, 
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The Hula Bowl will take place at University of Central Florida’s Bounce House Stadium in January, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis. The game will be the ninth NCAA bowl game in Florida during the upcoming college football season.

First played in 1946, the Hula bowl is a postseason “All Star” bowl game, featuring standout NCAA football players from all divisions and international athletes. Hosting the Hula Bowl represents another boost to the Florida economy, Gov. Ron DeSantis said.