What's Next For The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Safety Commission
More than a year and a half after the tragedy in Parkland, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Public Safety Commission is still putting together recommendations to increase school security.
How Being Cuban And Gay Shaped the University of Miami’s New Law Dean
Tony Varona immigrated to the United States from Cuba as a small child. Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, he was the only person in his family who spoke English. “I was called upon to be the family translator and to be the family representative. Whenever anybody needed to go to the immigration office or the Social Security office, I went with them,” he said. “That experience taught me about advocacy.” Varona also navigated what he called the 'challenging task' of coming out as gay as a working-class Cuban immigrant in Newark. “I, fortunately, had a supportive and loving family to embrace me, who loves me and loves my husband of many, many years. “Not everyone has that great fortune,” he said. “Early on, I thought that part of what I needed to do as a lawyer and as an activist was to devote a lot of my time to the LGBTQ cause.” Both experiences made him the lawyer he is today. Varona recently became dean of the University of Miami School of Law. “I had that lawyering bug bite me very
'No Place For Hate': Broward County Public Schools To Learn About Diversity, Inclusion
Broward County Public Schools students will get some extra lessons in combating hate and embracing diversity this year. All 234 schools in the Broward district will participate in an educational program called “No Place for Hate” from the Anti-Defamation League, an international group that fights anti-Semitism. Each school will form a “No Place For Hate” club, participate in a training and hold three school-wide discussions on diversity, bias and inclusion. Also, all members of the school community will sign a resolution promising to respect each other. The school district is paying for the program with $100,000 in federal grant funds. The strengthened educational focus on fighting hate comes as the Palm Beach County school district disciplined a principal for refusing to affirm that the Holocaust happened in an email with a parent. It also follows a national outcry over a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, by a suspected white nationalist.
Is Teaching In South Florida A 'Toxic' Profession?
Teachers are becoming increasingly frustrated with their profession, according to a new poll from PDK . The study, called "The Public’s Attitude Toward Public Schools," found that half of teachers surveyed have considered leaving the profession in the past few years. That sentiment is being felt by many teachers in Florida, including Jonathan Carroll in Lake County. His Facebook post describing teaching in Florida as "a toxic profession" recently went viral. Among the reasons Carroll listed for leaving the profession included active shooter drills and the move towards arming teachers in the classroom. With the start of the school year for thousands of Floridians beginning next week, Sundial invited a panel of educators from Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties to discuss standardized testing, school security and arming teachers and the fight between public and charter schools statewide, among other topics. Joining us on the panel were four teachers from across our region
Miami Dade College Presidential Search Drama Continues: Faculty Members Sue Board
Miami Dade College’s faculty union is leading a lawsuit against the board of trustees after a new majority of members recently appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis voted to scrap a months-long search for the institution's next president.