Test scores plunge as students struggle at home during pandemic

The results of the Florida Standards Assessment, released Thursday, show especially dramatic declines in math, with the proficiency rates for third to eighth graders falling in Broward County from 63% in 2019 to 45% this year. That 18-point plunge is the second-largest drop in the state, just below a 19-point drop in Gadsten County, in the Panhandle. ... Read More

Broward schools’ mask mandate ‘will be addressed,’ DeSantis aide says, but Orange’s is OK

As for other counties, including Miami-Dade and Broward, which imposed indoor mask mandates at county facilities Wednesday and Thursday, “It is not the role of any level of government – local, state, or federal – to micromanage individuals’ decisions or fine people for declining to wear a face covering,” Pushaw said. ... Read More

PACs behind ‘ghost’ candidates in key Senate races were run out of business lobbying group’s HQ, records show

Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida, at his Tallahassee office, on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The nonprofit’s Adams Street headquarters was listed on paperwork for two PACs involved in the “ghost” candidate controversy. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel) ... Read More

Lobster mini-season ends tonight; two arrests, three reported deaths

Miami resident and nurse Teresa Ripoll lends a hand in removing the tails from 60 lobsters caught by the team of five divers after their early start and return to Matheson Hammock Park Marina on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Miami. There’s a 12-lobster limit in Florida, except in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, where the limit is six per person. The two-day lobster mini season started for residents and visitors to get their share of lobsters ahead of the commercial and regular... Read More

Disney World to require all guests to wear masks indoors starting Friday

Until Friday, guests will operate under the same procedures: masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests in most areas except on resort transportation, including the Skyliner, monorail and buses. Guests who are not fully vaccinated are expected to wear face coverings while indoors and upon entering attractions and transportation, per Disney’s guidelines. Disney does not require proof of visitor vaccination. ... Read More

Broward schools keep mask mandate in place, defying the governor

Broward has thus far been an outlier on the issue. Most if not all other districts in the state had already announced that masks would be optional, including Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Orange, Hillsborough and Duval counties. Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said his district is reconsidering the issue in light of the new CDC recommendation but hasn’t made any decisions yet. ... Read More