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Daytona Beach News-Journal

Daytona Beach News-Journal


At the Daytona Beach News-Journal, I cover Volusia County Schools — a district the size of Rhode Island with 63,000 students and a $1 billion budget. I cover the active education community, which includes writing about everything from test scores and school security, to teacher profiles and student clubs. The News-Journal is a daily paper on Florida’s east coast.

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If the Volusia school district were a college student, a professor might grade its performance on a curve. Yet rather than providing a boost to level the playing field, the state in effect punishes Volusia with a funding formula that robs the district of tax dollars.

The number of students in Volusia and Flagler counties who are going to school without being fully vaccinated is on the rise — up more than 800 percent over 15 years.