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Tampa Tribune: STEM teachers: A critical investment in Florida’s future

By Christopher Lunsford Having been a math teacher in Florida for more than 13 years, I can tell you from first-hand experience that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is one of the most critical areas of focus for students today. As Florida’s economy continues to rebound, there is a need to produce graduates […]

TC Palm: Ed Moore: Federal reforms necessary to help college graduates get quality jobs

By Ed Moore A great thing about my job is I spend time working with Florida’s higher education institutions. Our colleges and universities create graduates and spur economic vitality. Florida has an excellent balance of both private and public institutions working in service for the people of Florida. Higher education is the springboard for many […]

Orlando Sentinel: Close the gaps in trauma-care access: My Word

By Joe Myers This year’s state legislative session has come and gone, and unfortunately, our elected officials were unable to push through comprehensive trauma legislation. The legislation would have provided certainty for our state’s trauma system by ending the longstanding legal battles attempting to shut down Florida’s newest trauma centers. Each year as hurricane season […]

Sun Sentinel: $60K grant helps expand Miramar Community Garden

The Miramar Community Garden is growing, thanks to a $60,000 grant and a partnership between Scotts Miracle-Gro and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The 3,150-square-foot garden inside Fairway Park has added an intergenerational fruit and vegetable garden, raised edible garden beds, a fruit grove, a culinary herb garden, a seedling nursery and an outdoor classroom. […]

Sun Sentinel: Chris Allen: Thumbs up to community-based green spaces

As Florida’s garden enthusiasts begin tending their backyard vegetable plots and community gardens, the disconnection from today’s youth to cultivating gardens and green spaces is more evident. Between around-the-clock access to mobile devices and today’s online culture, young people devote an average of seven hours and 38 minutes to daily media use, or about 53 […]

St. Augustine Record: Desalinisation’s the answer

Editor: As it becomes more apparent that global warming will have an extreme effect on Florida, it is clear that not enough is being done to meet one of the problems which will surely alter the way people think about this state. Fresh water shortages will affect our agriculture, our rivers and marine life, our […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Volunteers honored at Democrat awards, ‘Man in Overalls’ Nathan Ballentine wins Jefferson Award

Sweaty palms and an eager smile accompanied Ramsay Grant’s anticipation to hear her name at the Tallahassee Democrat’s Volunteers of the Year awards luncheon on Thursday. The 11-year-old anxiously stood next to two other young nominees. They all waited for the unveiling of the winner in the student volunteer category. Ramsay won. “I was trembling […]

Orlando Sentinel: Use federal dollars to expand health care, help businesses

By Frederick “Rick” J. Mellin Jr., Guest columnist Last year, employers spent an average of $11,000 per employee for health care. Those premiums increase each year — generally around 8 percent per year — to cover costs associated with uncompensated care provided in hospitals. In 2012, the cost of treating those who could not afford […]

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