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  • Emmett Reed: Nursing home legislation will protect key resources

    We all want our loved ones to get the very best care when they no longer can live on their own and instead need the care that only a nursing home can provide.  This year, Florida has the opportunity to pass legislation that helps accomplish just that....
  • Florida Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a $400 million tax cut

    Florida Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a $400 million tax cut
    TALLAHASSEE -- Most Florida drivers will start seeing a $25 break on the vehicle registration fees in September under a tax-cut plan the Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. The tax cut is the biggest piece of the Republican governor's...
  • Senate abandons plans to expand school vouchers this year

    Senate abandons plans to expand school vouchers this year
    TALLAHASSEE -- In a row over testing for private school voucher students, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz said Thursday that chamber was done considering a top House priority to expand the state's voucher program this year. House Speaker Will...
  • Another way to help our kids, pass medical marijuana law

    Our younger daughter Rebecca has severe disabilities. Despite all of her challenges, it's her uncontrollable seizures that take a life-threatening toll on her daily. Many states have legalized the oil extracted from buzz-free medical marijuana, which has...
  • Don't use sales-tax revenues to fund religious ideology

    Don't use sales-tax revenues to fund religious ideology
    Florida politicians are at it again. Aided by a high-priced team of lobbyists, they are fast-tracking the passage of the largest expansion of private religious-school vouchers in state history. And they're sticking taxpayers with the $2 billion tab....
  • Jeffrey Dwyer and Emilio Benitez: Invest in child welfare case managers

    Those of us who work in child welfare are part of a complex and difficult profession where traumatized children and their families come to our attention every day. We work diligently to ensure safety and stability. But sadly sometimes tragedy strikes...
  • Lawmakers to boost Scott's economic-incentive grab bag

    Lawmakers to boost Scott's economic-incentive grab bag
    TALLAHASSEE -- After some lean years for corporate tax incentives, Gov. Rick Scott is likely to get a sizable boost in tax dollars for companies that promise to create jobs. This week, both the House and Senate budget-writing committees for economic...
  • 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...
  • Chan Lowe: The charter school mess

    Chan Lowe: The charter school mess
    A few years ago, the Florida Legislature passed laws enabling the establishment of charter schools that would survive in part by siphoning district tax dollars away from conventional schools. The idea was that if parents were unhappy with their local...
  • Don't allow teachers to carry guns at school

    MIAMI -- When my youngest son graduated from Coral Reef High School -- the very same school President Obama recently visited to talk about education -- I breathed a sigh of relief that probably echoed throughout the auditorium in which his cap-and-...
  • House panel proposes education savings account for disabled and gifted students (state money parents could tap for options outside public schools)

    House panel proposes education savings account for disabled and gifted students (state money parents could tap for options outside public schools)
    Parents of some Florida students could swap a seat in a public school for a state-funded savings account they could use to purchase private educational services, under a proposal a House subcommittee outlined today. The still-in-draft-stages plan seems...
  • Politicians enjoy winter in South Florida – for raising money

    Politicians enjoy winter in South Florida – for raising money
    It's the height of season, and not just for snowbirds enjoying Florida while it's still cold up north. In the political world, it's the season for raising money. "This is high hunting season in the fundraising business," said Mark Foley, a Palm Beach...