State Sen. Jason Pizzo
A day to remember: Valentine’s Day 2019 was a day of sorrow mixed with hope at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were gunned down a year ago. The few students who showed up at the school, the staff, and students from around the state and country marked the anniversary with a moment of silence. Families of the victims visited gravesites, and many Stoneman Douglas students devoted a day of community service to honor those who died. Sun Sentinel. Miami Herald. Palm Beach Post. Orlando Sentinel. News Service of Florida. Associated Press. WFTX. WSVN. Tallahassee Democrat. Miami Herald.
Textbook adoption schedule: The Florida Department of Education is telling state school districts that it is postponing the textbook adoption schedule, which is what districts use to determine when to purchase new textbooks and from whom. Under the new schedule, new elementary math books won’t be available for four years, and language arts materials for three years. Districts can opt to go outside the state-approved process, which some districts are doing. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent call for an end to the Common Core standards has complicated the process for buying textbooks, which reflect the standards. Daytona Beach News-Journal. Education Week. Two central Florida school district superintendents say DeSantis’ decision to eliminate the Common Core standards could be a welcome opportunity to re-evaluate school testing and all the things tied to it, such as school grades and teacher evaluations. Orlando Sentinel.