| Mar 5, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Two retired U.S. Army generals are to be in Tallahassee tomorrow, urging Florida's legislative leaders to stay the course on Common Core. At a Capitol press conference, they plan to argue the new academic standards will better prepare Florida students...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 7:18 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Yes, this is click bait. But you can blame the Florida Senate.
Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, has filed an amendment to a concealed-weapons bill (SB 296) headed for the Senate floor which would allow people to carry their weapons without a...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 10:06 AM
Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has renewed her call for her primary opponent Charlie Crist to debate, even though he’s repeatedly said he has no intention of doing so.
Rich, the former Florida Senate Democratic leader from Weston, said...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 6:40 AM
Seminole County school leaders pleaded with Gov. Rick Scott this week to fix Florida's confusing "scholar" diploma rules and the resulting "senseless retroactive testing" of students. In a letter sent this week, they asked him to exempt this year's...
| May 14, 2014
| 1:08 PM
The Florida Education Association -- the statewide teachers union -- today urged Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would expand the state's largest school voucher program and create a new, state-funded program for disabled youngsters who are not...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:02 AM
A bill that expands Florida's Tax-Credit Scholarship program -- which provides kids from low-income families scholarship vouchers they use to attend private school -- likely will get a vote today in the Florida Senate. A collection of advocacy groups,...
| May 15, 2014
| 6:56 AM
Three hundred elementary schools -- and likely at least a handful in Central Florida -- will have to add an hour to their day next year, using the time for extra reading instruction, under the budget the Florida Legislature just approved. For the past two...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 7:21 AM
Legislative efforts to halt Common Core in Florida seem to be going nowhere. And that's prompted Common Core foes to issue a "mayday" this week, seeking help from across the nation.
"Florida needs your help," read the email sent from Laura Zorc, co-...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 6:26 AM
A new scholarship program that would allow students with significant disabilities to attend private school or access private services won approval from a Florida Senate budget panel today. The revised version of the bill creates a new choice option for...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 7:02 PM
Gov. Rick Scott last year used a visit to an Orange County school to announce plans to give Florida teachers raises. He returned to to the same campus on "victory tour" a few months later, touting the money the Florida Legislature had earmarked...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 1:05 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida shoppers could get sales-tax "holidays" on computers, hurricane supplies, dryers, toilets, gym memberships and a raft of other goods under a plan advanced in the state House Wednesday.
Lawmakers are using the state's budget...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 1:33 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Southwest Ranches describes itself glowingly as a rural, Old Florida time-warp of a town near Fort Lauderdale, complete with “donkeys braying, roosters crowing, and no sidewalks.”
But the farming community of 7,000 on the...