Friday May 28, 2021

Following the direction of President Joe Biden, Governor Desantis is directing all flags of the State be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Sunday May 30, as a mark of respect for the victims of the mass shooting San Jose, California. You can read President Biden’s proclamation here.

Critical race theory has made headlines in recent weeks, and a nearby county is seeing both sides. Critical race theory is an academic movement that seeks to examine the law as it relates to race. While DeSantis is not a fan, parents in Lee County have varied opinions. Some think it will cause more racial divide, others say it needs to be talked about.  Founders of critical race theory say the concept is getting a bad name, but it’s just about teaching the country’s complete history as it relates to racism. But a rule proposed by the Florida Department of Education would ban the teaching of critical race theory. For example, the rule would demand teachers be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events such as the Holocaust. They may also not define American history, as something other than the creation of a new nation based on the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence. But teaching critical race theory would also include that at the time the Declaration of Independence was written slavery was part of the country’s existence and Black people were not considered equal. The State Board of Education will discuss whether to ban the academic movement when it meets next month.

The Palm Beach County School Board is keeping its Equity Statement in place, but members voted 4-3 Wednesday evening to remove the line about “dismantling structures rooted in white advantage.” Our news affiliate reports that the vote was taken, after more than a hundred members of the public spoke during a meeting. Board member Debra Robinson was one of the three votes in favor of keeping the “white advantage” line. She said the board is choosing between adults instead of focusing on the needs of children. The more things change, she says, sometimes the more they seem to remain the same. The board never considered completely doing away with the Equity Statement, despite plenty of opposition of many people in attendance.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Alfonso “Jesse” Nunez His last known address is Frasier Ct., Pahokee. He is wanted for VIOLATION OF PROBATION for GRAND THEFT MOTOR VEHICLE. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Alfonso or Jesse Nunez, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

The Florida Department of Health reported 2,338 new COVID-19 cases and 86 new deaths Thursday. As of yesterday, 8,139,018 Florida residents have been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine. HENDRY COUNTY reported 4,849 cases since the pandemic began. GLADES COUNTY reported 974.