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  • Common Core: Retired military leaders to urge Florida lawmakers to stick with standards (while GOP committe urges an end to implementaion)

    Common Core: Retired military leaders to urge Florida lawmakers to stick with standards (while GOP committe urges an end to implementaion)
    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...
  • 'Zombie apocalypse' in the Florida Senate?

    'Zombie apocalypse' in the Florida Senate?
    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...
  • Charlie Crist says no debates, Nan Rich asks again

    Charlie Crist says no debates, Nan Rich asks again
    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...
  • Seminole educators ask Scott to fix "nonsensical" testing requirements for new "scholar" diploma

    Seminole educators ask Scott to fix "nonsensical" testing requirements for new "scholar" diploma
    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...
  • Teachers union urges Scott to veto voucher-expansion bill

    Teachers union urges Scott to veto voucher-expansion bill
    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...
  • Voucher bill slated for Senate vote as education advocacy groups urge defeat

    Voucher bill slated for Senate vote as education advocacy groups urge defeat
    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,...
  • 300 elementary schools in Florida have to add an hour to school day for reading lessons

    300 elementary schools in Florida have to add an hour to school day for reading lessons
    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...
  • Common Core foes send 'mayday' message seeking national help to defeat Florida's standards

    Common Core foes send 'mayday' message seeking national help to defeat Florida's standards
    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-...
  • Senate panel approves new scholarship plan for disabled students

    Senate panel approves new scholarship plan for disabled students
    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...
  • DOE reminds Orange clock is ticking on teacher raises, requests plan be finalized by end of May

    DOE reminds Orange clock is ticking on teacher raises, requests plan be finalized by end of May
    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...
  • House advances super-sized sales-tax holidays, shuts down Democratic amendments

    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...
  • Florida lawmakers litter budget with hometown projects

    Florida lawmakers litter budget with hometown projects
    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...