USF College of Education Undergraduate Program Eliminated

The undergraduate teaching program at the University of South Florida is being phased out. The current class will be the last with the program being eliminated due to budget issues brought on by COVID-19. USF will still have Graduate program, but more program and staff cuts are still possible after the first of the year. Enrollment at the university is down 50%

Hillsborough County Public School Superintendent Addison Davis sent an email to parents and staff Wednesday to let them know some temporary teaching positions are being eliminated, and some permanent teachers may be reassigned. This also comes down to budget cuts, and some teachers may actually be split between two different schools.

The Tampa Bay Rays lost a second game in a row to Houston Thursday night 4-3. The Rays only need one win to move on to the World Series. Tonight’s game six will bring Blake Snell to the mound for Tampa Bay and Framber Valdez for Houston. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Rays President Brian Auld were both surprised by a social media post making the rounds this week claiming the Rays will break ground on a new stadium in two years. The question about a new stadium came up during Mayor Castor’s Facebook live on Wednesday. The response from both was “news to me.”

The Florida Gators will not be playing defending national champions LSU this weekend. The game is postponed after 21 players tested positive for COVID-19. Florida is pausing all team activities for now. Alabama football head coach Nick Saban is also out with a positive coronavirus diagnosis.

COVID-19 numbers in Florida increased another 3,356 Thursday. The state total is now approaching the 750,000 mark at 744,988 cases. 15,736,Floridians have died after contracting the virus. For the latest information from the Florida Dashboard on COVID-19 numbers, check the Dove Coronavirus site and the Florida Dashboard that is updated daily at 11 am, weekends. The Florida Department of Health also has the COVID-19 Call Center open 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121. You can also reach them by email at Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

The heat will keep the beaches busy this weekend, but watch where you walk, especially on Clearwater Beach. The purple flags are flying to warn beachgoers of dangerous marine life, which for now are large jellyfish. It’s the time of year that jellyfish spawn so there’s more around than usual. Just watch for that stinger, and remember, ever a dead jellyfish can still sting. Look for a lifeguard stand for help if you do get stung.

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