In a speech heavy on positivity and spunk, former astronaut Mae Jemison told Florida Southern College students that as a youngster, she knew she was going to go into space even though no woman or person of color had become an astronaut yet. More
A new partnership will allow Florida Polytechnic University to accept Fulbright scholars from Australia. It already has Fulbright agreements with Canada, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
Charges of causing a disturbance and resisting arrest have been dropped against the 11-year-old former Lawton Chiles Middle Academy student involved in a Pledge of Allegiance controversy, his attorney said, but a civil rights complaint he filed against the school remains active.
State Attorney Brian Haas told The New York Times that his office has no plans to prosecute the Lawton Chiles Middle Academy sixth-grader who was charged with disrupting school activities after an argument escalated over his refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. But the article also notes that an attorney for the 11-year-old’s family said his mother is unwilling to agree to prosecutors’ offer to place him in a diversion program.
Separately, CNN reports that the child has transferred to a private school and that his family claims he never used the term racist. Police “interjected the word racist to mischaracterize the event,” the family’s attorney said.
- A Lawton Chiles Middle School sixth-grader refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
- A substitute teacher criticized him for his action and the argument escalated.
- School officials say the student made threats, and he was arrested on charges of disruption and resisting arrest.
- The student’s mother wants charges dropped.
- School district officials say the substitute teacher wasn’t aware that students can opt out of the pledge and she won’t be teaching at Polk schools any longer.
- Details at Bay News 9
As @PolkSchoolsNews prepares to name a 2019 teacher of the year tonight, @ClaytorReports profiles 2018 Teacher of the Year Michelle Dinwiddie of Lake Gibson High as a @BN9 “A+ Teacher.” #lkld https://t.co/q46KxrKnNQ pic.twitter.com/M2g8xIlMPB
— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) January 15, 2019
If you read The Ledger’s Sunday article about Florida Southern College’s off-campus property holdings and wondered where they’re located, there’s a map for that. Assembled by Lake Morton Historic District resident Michael Maguire, the map details the college’s properties by type, purchase value, latest assessment, tax exemptions and more.