Education funding

New report gives Florida education funding a failing grade

The Florida Policy Institute recently published the first installment of their “Pursue Equity” series, a part of their “multi-year research initiative on Florida’s historically discriminatory policies, their evolution and their impact on all Florida communities today”. Funding Florida’s K-12 Public Schools: Inadequacy Breeds Inequity traces the history of education funding in Florida including the establishment…

U.S. Department of Education opens civil rights investigation for students with disabilities

In a story from the New York Times’ reporter, Erica Green, the U.S. Department of Education has begun investigations into five states whose prohibitions on universal mask mandates in schools may violate civil rights laws protecting students with disabilities including Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. In letters to state leaders, civil rights officials…

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Federal funds save Florida…again

The Florida Policy Institute released their summary of the state budget for fiscal year 2021-2022. The legislative session and subsequent budget occurred in the midst of a global pandemic and economic recession with unprecedented aid flowing from the federal government. The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) notes that, although the resulting “significant influx of federal dollars…