At the January 23, 2024 Leon County School Board business meeting, officials addressed a new cell phone policy and heard from teachers who are upset about salaries. Get the details.
Leon County School officials provided an update on the problem with absenteeism. Data provided by officials showed that during the first nine weeks of the 2023-24 school year, 27.3% of LCS students were chronically absent. Chronic absenteeism is defined as any student that misses 10% or more of schooling each year. However, during the second nine weeks of 2023-24, the number of chronically absent students increased to 36.5%.
The Leon County Democratic Executive Committee came out against city districts arguing it is a right-wing idea that would diminish Black voting power. However, other Democrats disagree.
On Thursday, January 25th, the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region, Inc. (ELC) will hold a fundraiser. The event, titled Color Me Blue: A Kid’s Silent Art Auction Event, will be held at Goodwood Museum beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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The FHSAA boys and girls soccer District tournaments begin this week.
No. 23 FSU women’s basketball takes on the Duke Blue Devils tonight at 6:00 p.m. on the ACC Network. The Seminoles have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Blue Devils since 2015.
Amid Texas border crisis and the stalemate between Texas personnel and federal personnel, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted yesterday that Florida will support Texas’ effort to repel the invasion. If the Constitution really made states powerless to defend themselves against an invasion, it wouldn’t have been ratified in the first place and Texas would have never joined the union when it did. TX is upholding the law while Biden is flouting it. FL will keep assisting Texas with personnel and assets,” DeSantis tweeted.
The Florida House Constitutional Rights, Rule of Law & Government Operations Subcommittee favored a bill 12-2 on Wednesday repealing a state statute that limits firearm and ammunition purchases if a state of emergency is declared. Florida State Rep. Berny Jacques argued for needing constitutional rights the most during a declaration of emergency.
The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that requires age verification for porn sites. No lawmakers argued against the bill on the floor, and the bill passed on a 119-0 vote. A similar bill (SB 1792) has been filed in the Senate by Sen. Erin Grall but has yet to be heard on a Senate Judiciary Committee agenda.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently on the Steve Deace Show did not rule out running for president again in 2028. The Governor believes he’s “got a lot of support” going forward. “And so we’ll see what the future holds. But I hope we can get a good result in 2024 because if we don’t, it’s going to be tough sledding for this country,” DeSantis said.
Ohio lawmakers override Gov. Mike DeWine’s (R) veto of legislation banning gender-affirming care for youth and barring transgender women and girls from participating on female school sports teams (More)
Donald Trump leads Democratic President Joe Biden by six percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll that showed Americans are unhappy about an election rematch that came into sharper focus this week. The nationwide poll of 1,250 U.S. adults showed Trump leading Biden 40% to 34% with the rest unsure or planning to vote for someone else or no one. The poll had a margin of error of three percentage points.
The first US execution using nitrogen gas is expected to be carried out today in Alabama after the Supreme Court rejected arguments that the procedure was at risk of being carried out incorrectly. The inmate, 58-year-old Kenneth Smith, was convicted in a 1988 murder-for-hire plot.
US stock markets close mixed (S&P 500 +0.1%, Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq +0.4%); S&P 500 continues to hit fresh all-time high (More).