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Report shows Florida shortchanges children

Report shows Florida shortchanges children

Kids Count 2017, the annual study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that Florida’s children experienced an overall decline in economic well-being. According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Florida children are falling behind in economic well-being, but enjoyed gains in health, maintaining the state’s rank of 40th

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Powerful commission and election will determine the future of Florida

Powerful commission and election will determine the future of Florida

The 2018 election season is already shaping up to be a momentous one for Florida’s public schools. The governor’s office and cabinet positions will be on the ballot along with  other seats including the U.S. Senate, House and a slew of State House and Senate races. Every

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Will the new education law impact you? Find out here.

Will the new education law impact you? Find out here.

Governor Scott signed HB 7069 into law at a private, voucher school in Orlando. It was a fitting setting for a bill that funnels billions of taxpayer dollars into private voucher and charter entities with little to no public oversight. This bill was created by jamming 55

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Florida’s school grades rise against backdrop of harsh legislative session

Florida’s school grades rise against backdrop of harsh legislative session

The Florida Department of Education released school grades this week. Across the state, districts saw their grades rise with the number of schools earning A’s and B’s increasing by 20 percent. 79 percent of schools that were an F a year ago saw an increase of at

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Take Action: Hillsborough School Board members seek input on budget

Take Action: Hillsborough School Board members seek input on budget

As Hillsborough County Public Schools brace for the impact of the recently approved state education budget and new legislation (House Bill 7069), the school board held a workshop on June 20th to discuss their budget. Much of the four hours of was devoted to district leaders presenting

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Scott signs controversial education bill into law

Scott signs controversial education bill into law

Governor Scott signed the controversial House Bill 7069 into law today at a Catholic voucher school in Orlando. The education bill makes sweeping changes to public education and most public education stakeholders spoke against it and urged Scott to veto the bill. Kristen Clark with the Miami

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Gov. Scott gets budget; veto clock is ticking

Gov. Scott gets budget; veto clock is ticking

From the Tampa Bay Times: The clock starts today for Gov. Rick Scott who has 15 days to decide whether to sign an $82.4 billion state budget — and just how much of it he wants to veto. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, on Wednesday is sending

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Senate Surrenders to House, Passes Devastating Education Bill

Senate Surrenders to House, Passes Devastating Education Bill

Senators debated the sweeping conforming bill for three and a half hours Monday night. In the end, the vote split the Senate 20-18 with three Republicans crossing the aisle to vote with the Democrats. A tie vote would have killed the bill. Many spoke passionately about the break

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House and Senate leaders play politics using Florida’s children

House and Senate leaders play politics using Florida’s children

Late Friday, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Negron held a meeting to reveal a plan they devised behind closed doors that effectively tied the testing and recess bill to a devastating budget. According to the Miami Herald: At the insistence of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, numerous

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House to decide fate of VAM, testing, and recess today

House to decide fate of VAM, testing, and recess today

This afternoon, the Florida House will determine the fate of the repeal of VAM (the mandatory, statewide use of test scores in teachers’ evaluations), a rollback of testing and mandatory recess. They convene at 1 p.m. for what should have been the last day of session. The Miami

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