State revenue shortfalls raise education funding concerns

The Florida Education Association took a hard stance in a Friday news conference against the state’s ongoing approach to school reopening, criticizing the Governor’s Office and Department of Education for creating chaos, confusion and instability. The group argued for changes to the state’s education funding strategy and its rules for reporting COVID-19 cases in schools. State officials found the association’s request rather unusual, though. Read on for that story and more education news.



a group of people posing for the camera: Varsity cheerleaders attend a football game on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, between Wiregrass Ranch High School and St. Petersburg High School at St. Petersburg.


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Varsity cheerleaders attend a football game on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, between Wiregrass Ranch High School and St. Petersburg High School at St. Petersburg.

The FEA urged the state to extend the funding waivers set forth in the department’s July reopening order. The union is suing to throw out that very same order.The Florida School Finance Officers Association has joined the call to protect district budgets for the rest of 2020-21,

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