The Point, April 22, 2022: Florida Legislature passes redistricting plan, plus repeal of Disney’s special status

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• WUFT News: Gainesville nonprofits have awarded more than $6 million in federal funds. “The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which President Joe Biden signed in 2021, has provided the City of Gainesville with more than $6 million to help local nonprofit organizations and programs that benefit to the community of Gainesville. The funding is intended to provide financial support to nonprofit organizations that serve residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are actively providing essential services to citizens.

• Fresh Take Florida: College Stories: Florida students share their (sometimes) difficult roads to graduation. “For the Class of 2022, their time was split in half – virtual and in-person. College students have adapted to “remote” and in-class learning while being regularly tested for COVID-19. Students have traded in extracurricular activities, sports games and parties for endless Zoom meetings and masks. Some took on academic responsibilities while sick with the virus. Many lost loved ones. Despite maneuvering in college courses during a global health crisis, Florida college graduates have been pushing toward the finish line. As the coronavirus has injected ‘what ifs’ into their memories, others have adapted, pivoted and realigned their goals.

• WUFT News: Developer’s proposal to build homes on former West End golf course is turned down. “The weeds at the former West End Golf Club property will continue to grow after its potential developer hit a roadblock this week. The Alachua County Planning Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to deny a land use change for the golf course on Newberry Road.

• Ocala Official Journal: The Marion County School Board is addressing concerns about racial disparity in discipline. “Reports outlining an explosion of disciplinary referrals at all levels in Marion County schools, and the alarming racial disparity contained in the numbers, led a group of school district social workers on Tuesday to beg the school board for help. of Marion County.”


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• Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald ($): Florida Democrats hold a sit-in on the House floor over the congressional redistricting map. “Florida Republicans propelled shouts and protests from fellow Democrats on Thursday, abruptly ending a sit-in on the House floor by voting to end debate and send the governor a redistricting map of Congress. “

• WMFE: Legislature votes to repeal Disney World’s Reedy Creek Autonomous District in Central Florida. “Brevard County State Rep. Randy Fine sponsored the House version of the bill repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement District and five other independent special districts effective June 2023. The Republican legislator said that Disney had ‘kicked the hornet’s nest’ when it opposed a law banning discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation until third grade and limiting teaching to what is deemed “appropriate” afterwards. GOP leaders disagree with calling it “Don’t Say Gay.”

• WMFE: Property taxes for Orange County residents could jump 20% after Reedy Creek dissolves. “WMFE’s Danielle Prieur spoke with Orange County tax collector Scott Randolph about the financial implications of such a decision for the Central Florida region.”

• WFSU: Manny Diaz is set to become Florida’s new commissioner of education. “It has long been rumored that Diaz is a frontrunner for the position of director of the Florida Department of Education. He carried several major pieces of education legislation during his time in the Senate – this year he sponsored HB 7, which limits how topics like race can be discussed and taught in public schools and discussed on the premises. of work.

• Miami Herald ($): After a week of suspense, Florida reveals why some math texts are too woke. “An example: a colored bar chart showing how levels of racial bias can vary by age group. It’s part of a math puzzle involving polynomial models and is tucked away in the bottom right corner of the page 56 in an online pre-calculus textbook consisting of more than 1,000 pages. The book is not identified on the state’s website. It is not allowed, said the (Florida Department of Education) , adding that the complaint about the painting came from a member of the public.

• Florida policy: What would Uncle Walt think? A Disney historian explains. “If Walt Disney were alive today, what would he think of the Florida legislature threatening to dissolve the government of Disney World? Disney historian Richard Foglesong speculated that Uncle Walt was fuming at lawmakers for even considering stripping the Reedy Creek Improvement District of its powers after all – in Walt’s mind – that Disney World had done for Florida.

• WJCT: St. Johns County receives $62 million to repair Northeast damage. “St. Johns County will receive up to $62 million in federal funding to repair erosion damage caused by a November northeasterly storm. The storm caused massive erosion along the shoreline with winds going up to 63 mph and waves reaching 16 feet, some of the highest waters since Hurricane Irma in 2017.”


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