Pat Raia

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


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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.

DeSantis declares September Disaster Preparedness Month

While Floridians are drawing a breath of relief after avoiding a hard hit from Hurricane Ida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared September as Disaster Preparedness month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center recognizes the month of September as the peak of the hurricane season, and predicts a total of between 15 and 21 named storms before this season ends on November 30.