The Point, June 25, 2020: Florida’s Teachers Will Get A Pay Raise

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Today’s top Florida stories

• WTSP: State reports another 5,508 new cases. “That number is now the highest single-day record for new cases in Florida since testing began. The previous record was the state’s report from Saturday, June 20, with 4,049.”

• WMFE: Seven TSA Officers at MCO Test Positive for Coronavirus in One Day. “In a message to staff, Orlando International Airport’s head TSA officer Pete Garcia says the officers have been notified of their results and will not return to work until they’re cleared by a doctor.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida’s New Teachers Will Make $47,500 To Start After Governor Signs Pay Raise Bill. “The measure creates a framework in the state’s school-funding formula to provide the pay raises to teachers. The budget, which DeSantis is expected to sign in the coming days, will then set aside $400 million for school districts and charter schools to increase minimum salaries of full-time teachers and certified pre-kindergarten teachers and $100 million to raise the pay of veteran teachers and other employees such as librarians and school counselors.”

• News4Jax: Attendees at Bradford County graduation tested positive for COVID-19. “The school district said it was notified by the Florida Department of Health in Bradford County of the attendees who tested positive.”

• WCJB: Newberry City Hall closed due to employee contracting COVID-19. “Officials with the city say the employee tested positive over the weekend and has not been in the facility since Thursday. The Health Department will begin contract tracing.”

• WLRN: Florida Residents Are Getting More and More Antibody Tests. Do They Know What The Tests Mean? “In its guidance for how to use antibody testing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that in areas with few cases of the disease, the likelihood of a false positive is higher. Because of that uncertainty, the American Medical Association does not recommend antibody testing for individual use.”

• Tallahassee Democrat: Mask compliance in Leon Co. will fall on law enforcement; ADA doesn’t address face coverings. “Every business must post a sign, but ultimately law enforcement will be responsible for enforcing the ordinance inside of buildings. While it does provide for exceptions because of medical or other conditions, it also permits civil fines for those violating the ordinance.”

• St. Augustine Record ($): St. Augustine City Commission to consider mandating face masks. “(Friday’s) meeting is being held in response to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in the state and St. Johns County, and the meeting is being held based on recommendations from the Florida Medical Association, according to a city news release.”

• Florida Times-Union ($): Jacksonville residents skeptical of Republican National Convention in UNF poll. “A plurality of respondents designated COVID-19 as their top concern, followed by race relations and crime, and a majority felt Jacksonville is rushing too quickly into reopening.”

• WMFE: Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg resigns following federal indictment. “Seminole County Tax Collector Joel M. Greenberg has resigned after being indicted on federal charges of stalking and identity theft…. The federal indictment accuses Greenberg, 35, of Lake Mary, of an elaborate — and illegal — smear campaign against a political opponent.”


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