“As our endorsee, we believe that Angie shares our goals to fight to strengthen public schools, improve employees’ working conditions and salaries, and work to make sure we have the tools and resources needed to ensure student success,” said Wendy Dormal, Orange County CTA President. “I have worked with Wendy and the Orange County CTA for many years on education. We have fought long and hard together to improve education and I am honored to receive their endorsement. It personally means a lot when others place confidence in my abilities to advocate for education for our children.  Angie Gallo has...

Two gubernatorial candidates running behind in the polls heading toward the Aug. 28 primaries and in need of good news, Democrat Chris King and Republican Adam Putnam, tied for first in a straw poll taken at a political mixer hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Thursday night. Read the Florida Politics article by Scott Powers here. King, a hometown favorite as a Winter Park resident and local entrepreneur, and Putnam, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, both finished with 23.8 percent of the vote in the chamber’s straw poll on the governor’s race. Putnam, long the front-runner in the Republican primary battle for...

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I’m honored to have received the endorsement of the Greater Orlando Builders Association. OCPS is now the ninth largest school district in the nation and the fourth largest in Florida, and we’re growing by approximately 5,000 additional students each year. That means we’re partnering with the building community not just to build new schools but also to renovate old ones and to ensure we continue to open alternate doors for interested students though career and technical education opportunities. Volunteering my time to ensure all students have the resources and tools they need to succeed has been one of my life’s greatest...

"For three long year,s we fought for daily recess for elementary school students – for our own kids, for your kids, for ALL kids. Angie Gallo joined us early on, stood by our side through thick and thin and continues to advocate on recess with us even today. We can say with 100% certainty that we would not have a recess mandate without Angie. Yes, this was a grassroots effort led by regular moms, but we needed guidance, advice, cheerleading, experience and someone to pound the pavement for our kids when we couldn't be in Tallahassee. Angie was that person,...

"It would be hard to imagine a better school board member than Angie Gallo.  Angie has worked tirelessly for the last 15 years both inside and outside the classroom.  Probably what is most impressive to me is that most of her time was spent lobbying to improve education for all students - not just her own children.  I believe that's a rare quality as most people get involved in education when something affects their own children.  I've seen Angie go to bat to make things better for children all over our state.  She is also on top of what teachers...

TALLAHASSEE — Unwilling to turn school staff into gun-packing “guardians,” some officials across Florida are turning to a controversial alternative to meet the demands of a state law approved after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Read the full story here. The Duval County School Board recently became the second in two weeks to approve hiring and training dozens of new, modestly paid, armed “safety assistants” to protect classrooms. Polk County school officials endorsed hiring 90 “safety specialists” a week earlier — while a host of other counties are now considering the idea. Lawmakers passed a bill this year requiring armed...

PARKLAND, Fla. — Shannon Fest has a modest goal for her 15-year-old daughter this semester: to make it through a full day of school.  See the original article here.   Two months after a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, going to class is still a struggle for freshman Lauren Fest. She arrives late every morning and skips lunch because the crowds and loud noises trigger her anxiety attacks. The reminders of what happened — the empty desks in class, the shuttered freshman building where the shooting took place — are inescapable. She goes to therapy both at school...

Orange County, Florida - Today, Angie Gallo announces the endorsement of the Orange County Classroom Teacher Association (CTA). The CTA represents thousands of instructional personnel in Orange County. “As our endorsee, we believe that Angie shares our goals to fight to strengthen public schools, improve employees’ working conditions and salaries, and work to make sure we have the tools and resources needed to ensure student success,” said Wendy Dormal, Orange County CTA President. “I have worked with Wendy and the Orange County CTA for many years on education. We have fought long and hard together to improve education and I am...

Squad cars raced into the school’s parking lot just minutes before dismissal. Hernando County deputies spread out around the campus, and classrooms went into lockdown mode. by John Romano, Time Columnist, Tampa Bay Times.  See the original article here. For about 30 minutes, even beyond the school’s final bell, teachers and students huddled in rooms while parents were forced to await word outside. Turns out, last week’s scare at the Explorer K-8 school in Spring Hill was a false alarm. Someone in a hoodie had been seen scaling a fence, but apparently was just taking a shortcut across campus. This is the aftermath of...