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State Rep. Anna Eskamani. Photo: Isaac Babcock, WMFE
Intersection

State Rep. Anna Eskamani discusses voter accessibility, money in politics, unemployment


State Rep. Anna Eskamani’s name has been floated as a potential gubernatorial candidate. The Orlando-area Democrat is non-committal on if or when she’ll declare a candidacy, but she’s spoken out on the need for her party to course correct to start winning elections- and is channeling the kind of movement that Stacey Abrams adopted in Georgia.  Eskamani joins Intersection to discuss voter accessibility, money in politics and reforming the unemployment system.
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Frank Torres (l) and Dick Batchelor. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Intersection

Political analysts Dick Batchelor and Frank Torres discuss CPAC, new legislative session


The Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off Thursday in Orlando. The event will feature former President Donald Trump’s first major appearance since leaving office, and includes other high profile Republican speakers such as Sen. Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.  Democratic political analyst Dick Batchelor and Republican political analyst Frank Torres join Intersection to discuss the conference, Florida’s relationship with the federal government and the legislative session that begins next week. 
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Adam Meyer, UCF’s director of inclusive education and student accessibility services. Photo: Zoom screenshot / WMFE
Intersection

UCF inclusive education director Adam Meyer discusses how the pandemic is impacting students with disabilities


Across the globe, the pandemic has caused a major shift in how classes are taught. But how has this shift impacted students with disabilities?  Adam Meyer, UCF’s director of inclusive education and student accessibility services, joins Intersection to discuss how COVID-19 has affected the students he works with and caused professors to rethink how their courses are designed. 
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Orlando 7th grader Gabrielle (l) and her mother Bathsheba spoke with WMFE’s Amy Green about the struggles with online learning. Photo: Amy Green / WMFE
Health

‘Class of COVID-19’ reporting project explores the possibility of a new “lost generation”


Experts think a whole generation of children could be affected by the problems thrown up by the pandemic–and those problems are worse for students already at risk.   The special statewide reporting project, “Class of COVID-19: An Education Crisis for Florida’s Vulnerable Students,” examines the barriers to education amplified by the pandemic, including poverty, housing instability, hunger, internet access and fear of deportation. 
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