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Today Is the Anniversary of Ruby Bridges’ “Historic” First Day of School…

This is why our children must learn history…

Six years ago, I was teaching young, impressionable first graders, who came from diverse cultures… brown and black…We were a celebration of “Rainbow Ethnicity”…

I felt it was my role to provide them with their history at a developmentally appropriate level that would embolden their spirit…I made sure they had that understanding…

I, myself growing up during the civil rights of the sixties, and began teaching in the seventies when our schools were recently integrated…I would tell the children their history from my own experiences of those times…

This gave them such insight and a feeling of empowerment…They were proud of who they were…

On this day in 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges was escorted into William Frantz Elementary School by a team of U.S. Deputy Marshals, desegregating the public school system of New Orleans…

In 2011, the painting was put on display at the White House and Ruby Bridges Hall visited with President Barack Obama; “I think it’s fair to say if it hadn’t been for you guys, I might not be here and we wouldn’t be looking at this together,” he told her.

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Help from U.S. Dept of Education…Our Schools are Standing Strong for our Children…

The political divide affecting our school’s health and safety during these most challenging of times is requiring the U.S. Dept of Education get more involved…

Our local school district here in Alachua County, Florida has always put the safety needs of our children first and continues to stand firm…

U.S. Dept of Education threatens state education leaders over school masking
By Jake Stofan
Published: Oct. 26…

The U.S. Department of Education is warning the Florida’s Department of Education it could face sanctions if it continues to penalize school districts that implement mask mandates…

The letter is the latest escalation in a continued back and fourth between local governments, the state and feds over masking in schools.

The letter from the U.S. Department of Education comes in response to the state vowing to withhold additional money from school boards if they backfill their salaries with federal dollars...

Alachua Superintendent Dr. Carlee Simon told us her district never took the federal aid.

But we are watching, and in the event that we need to draw down funding from the federal government, when we do, we will let the commissioner know,” said Simon.

The letter threatens enforcement action, but the state isn’t backing down.

In a statement, the Florida Department of Education called the letter ‘legally hollow’ and said it would continue forward, ‘lawfully, as we have this entire time’.

“Governor DeSantis is in the catbird seat,” said State Representative Randy Fine.

Fine, who chairs the House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, said while it’s not clear exactly what the feds are threatening, he sees no reason for the state to worry…

“It ends when California and New York taxpayers pay for education in Florida, which I think would be an outstanding outcome and I hope President Biden does it,” said Fine.

The school masking debate is expected to enter the halls of the Capitol in an upcoming special session, and it’s a Republican State Senator from Alachua County who is leading the charge.

Senator Keith Perry’s bill would make any school mask mandate null and void…

Dr. Simon called the proposal shortsighted.Right now we’re talking about COVID… What about other future viruses that might come about?” said Simon.

And Rep. Fine told us beyond the legislation, school districts that fought the state over masking should expect additional punishment saying he doesn’t think they will have a good budget year…

Rep Fine also said he believes local officials that implement mask mandates should face criminal charges, but the legislation currently on the table does not include any specific penalties…

We must be vigilant and strong for our children’s health and safety… Especially when there is such divisiveness between local and state governmental controls… Speak out!!!

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School Board Meetings in Chaos…Is this Really about Our Children?

In the past, historically, school board members are elected by a community to make important decisions about our schools…They have a local authority… Their meetings are open to the public…to discuss issues that may be concerning…

However since the influence of our political divisiveness…These meetings are being attended by an outside influence of political activists who utilize threats of violence…

WH aided school board group’s ‘domestic terrorism’ letter before Garland sicced FBI on parents
By Samuel Chamberlain

October 21, 2021…

In a letter to the president last month, the head of the nation’s largest school board association reached out to the Biden administration before suggesting that parents who object to mask mandates and the imposition of critical race theory in classrooms are engaging in “a form of domestic terrorism,” the emails show…

Garland announced on Oct. 4 that the FBI would take the lead on probing what he called “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

Arguments over education and cultural issues are nothing new, said Daniel Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, recalling debates on how math is taught and the Common Core… But this year is different.

“There have always been disagreements that were discussed, if not necessarily amicably, at least respectfully,” Domenech said. “The climate is very different now, what we’re seeing around the country. School board meetings that actually turned violent, where the police have to be called, people that are disrespectful, they’re shouting and shoving.”

“It’s something that we have not seen on a scale that we are seeing it now,” he said.

And board meetings “have turned into ground zero of the nation’s political and cultural debates,” Education Week noted…https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/06/23/virginia-school-board-critical-race-theory-mh-orig.cnn

Once again, all this political divisiveness will affect our children…They are dealing with so much and it is up to all of us to do better for them

Our precious children
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Fall Festival Days… Memories…

November…4, 2015… Idywild PTO…

Now this is a special, special memory…
My final
“Fall Festival”…💕🎃🧡🍂🍎

Our children just loved all the school festivities…And then getting to share this time with their family…

For all of us, teachers…We may have had a busy day of teaching, and then staying late into the early evening…

We may have been exhausted, but so worth the joy it brought the families…💕🧡🎃🍂

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Where are Those Fun October Days?… It’s Time to #BeKind…

In the many years of my teaching… I realized October was one of those favorite months for children…We had our daily routines down; teaching those required ki learning activities…And now by October, I could have activities centered around this glorious season…

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” ...
~ L. M. Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables” ~

And here we are in present day… I am so concerned with this year, 2021…October school days

With a pandemic and such discord in our Country; Such resistance in doing what’s right for our children! They are back in school, opportunities await…

Yet, School Boards are now under attack…And they need federal protection…

School Boards are reaching out to Biden: Protect Us!

‘America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,’ the leaders of the National School Boards Association said, citing sometimes violent backlash against COVID-19 policy, critical race theory and more…

In addition, communities are experiencing teens acting out with vandalism challenges directed to high schools… influenced by social media…

Our children are dealing with so much….And they are looking for escape and attention in the wrong places…

It is Time to #BeKind…for our children… They are listening, watching, and learning from us…

💕🙏🏼🌈🍎🇺🇸🌍

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For our Children…Dr. Carlee Simon… “We Have her Back”…

Thank you President Biden…Secretary Miguel Cardona…

FLORIDA….
@AlachuaSchools…Has been awarded an initial sum of $148,000…
Protecting our Children!!!

ACPS is the first school district in the nation to receive a grant from the federal government to make up for funding withheld over mask requirements in schools

The district has been awarded an initial sum of $148,000 by the U.S. Education Department through its Project Safe grant program. The program reimburses school districts for funding withheld by a state government because of mask requirements and other COVID-related protocols…

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Florida’s Schools Need Help… Critical for our Children….

Our Governor, Ron DeSantis characterizes Florida as the “Education State”…

This is so far from reality…

Children are affected by the new variant and he refuses mask and vaccine mandates…

Our FEA Safe Schools Report: 2021-22 school year | Florida Education Association

https://feaweb.org/covid19/2021safe-schools-report/



Covid cases are rising daily. Years of neglect have left schools with crumbling infrastructure and without working air conditioning. Our schools’ teacher and staff shortage was already far too high. Now rising illnesses and quarantines are pushing some districts to a breaking point. Bus driver shortages are creating havoc statewide.

How has Gov. DeSantis responded to these crises? He has already withheld billions of dollars intended to help schools and communities recover from the ongoing public health emergency. On top of that he is now threatening to take away funding from school districts who follow the medical advice given to them by doctors in their communities.

As educators, we know a bully when we see one and we know the only way to end bullying is to join together to call out the bad behavior…

Take a stand today by emailing Gov. DeSantis to tell him to stop threatening locally elected school board members for following their duty to keep students safe…

Page last updated at 5:52 pm, Friday, Sept. 17.

Tell Gov. DeSantis to support school boards’ authority to keep students safe Gov. Ron DeSantis is threatening to withhold funds from school districts that follow the advice of health professionals in their communities. We must tell him to stop.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Gov. DeSantis, respect locally elected school boards

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Florida… The Education State…

Amen…💕🌈🙏🏼🍎

Through all the challenges facing our children…I keep holding onto hope, and pray for that better day… Opportunities come and go… We have a president that cares…and is providing opportunities…funding and resources…And trying to keep children safe during this pandemic…

Then, we here in Florida are dealing with a governor that does not care…And then he does something quite unexpectedly and why…

@GovRonDeSantis…
How I have held onto hope.. For some reason you will be eliminating our rigid testing system, and developmentally inappropriate curriculum…Is this true???

So many questions…

What will this mean for the success of our children?
You describe Florida, “The Education State…”

However….Putting children first in safe schools will be Florida’s direction…

Means…Provided them with the 7 billion dollars you are withholding…from the Biden administration…And allowing vaccination and mask mandates in our schools…

If your real intent to give our children opportunities…We definitely would be…

Florida…The Education State

#OurChildren
#school

Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) Tweeted:

Florida is the “Education State.” Today I announced our plan to make Florida the first state to fully transition to progress monitoring. No more FSA testing. No more Common Core. https://twitter.com/GovRonDeSantis/status/1437832550253277184?s=20

Florida Department of Education (@EducationFL) Tweeted:

Florida is putting students first…

Today … @GovRonDeSantis announced the end of the FSA, the elimination of Common Core and a plan to provide real-time results for educators, parents and students…

https://t.co/Kg8fXvCIOv https://twitter.com/EducationFL/status/1437801813647011847?s=20