| Mar 3, 2014
| 7:26 AM
Orange and Seminole counties may be forced to allow a charter-school operator with an F-rated school in Central Florida to expand here.
Both school districts were ordered this week by the State Board of Education to allow the operator, Charter Schools...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 7:13 PM
Florida's first-in-the-nation -- and, lately, much-criticized -- A-to-F school grading system likely will be revised in the coming legislative session. The question is in what ways.
A bill proposed by the Senate education committee (proposed as SB 7060)...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 2:48 PM
TALLAHASSEE — A $378.8 million measure to restore and protect Florida's natural springs is being revised to make it more appealing to local governments.
The measure being pushed by a bipartisan group of senators — and opposed by...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:33 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday there won't be any big water policies adopted this year, punting the potentially tough political confrontation with polluters until two Central Florida lawmakers are running the Legislature next...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:26 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he plans to push lawmakers to budget $55 million for restoration of the Sunshine State's pollution-choked natural springs.
The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to battle over potentially massive springs...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 3:32 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida policymakers are pitching major, politically perilous moves to save the state's most precious and imperiled natural springs.
And they may be inciting a new water war in the process.
A cadre of state senators is drafting...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 3:15 AM
Proposed legislation was filed Thursday in the Florida Senate that would compensate the parents of FAMU drum major Robert Champion for pain and suffering they endured in the hazing death of their son.
The proposed measure, known as a "claims" bill,...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 10:42 AM
The contentious "parent trigger" bill failed again in the Florida Senate, dying Tuesday on a tie vote just as it did in 2012.
The bill aimed to give parents more say in the fate of a struggling school, allowing them, by petition, to select a...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 4:37 PM
A bill that would alter current high school graduation requirements and allow students to swap industry-approved classes and tests for traditional high school versions unanimously passed the Senate's education appropriations committee this morning. Under...
| Jun 4, 2012
| 4:34 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott defended the state's decision to identify non-citizen voters in the state's 67 counties and press for their removal. The U.S. Department of Justice ordered the state to stop the process and gave state officials until...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 4:34 PM
TALLAHASSEE — The influential business lobbying group Associated Industries of Florida has released its first batch of endorsements for the 2012 elections, and avoided taking a side in virtually every high-profile Orlando-area contest. The group's...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 4:35 PM
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Chamber of Commerce, the most well-heeled business lobby in the Capitol, has issued its legislative endorsements, and the roster includes a few head-turners in Central Florida. The Chamber is endorsing Victoria Siplin,...