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The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms

Our partners at WLRN put together a special education hour of the Sunshine Economy this week. The conversation ranged from a talk with Broward County’s superintendent about Common Core to a chat with a group of high school students about diversity in the classroom: In this edition of The Sunshine Economy: The school year may […]

What Mitt Romney Said About Education On The Campaign Trail In Florida

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was in Sarasota Thursday, laying out his ideas for improving the economy. Romney’s five-point plan included an education plank. Romney praised former Gov. Jeb Bush and borrowed a key idea. He also pledged to allow federal dollars to follow the student, which would let parents to better choose the best […]

State Rep. Says Governor is Posing as an Education Advocate

A Florida congressman says Governor Rick Scott is starting to sound more like an education advocate — but he doesn’t buy it. State Representative Dwight Bullard (D-Miami) issued the following statement after Scott’s announcement this morning that he wants to reduce teacher paperwork and cut unnecessary regulations in education. It’s becoming more and more difficult to know […]

Lawmaker Says Quality Of Florida Universities Will Erode Without Funding

The lawmaker behind two key pieces of legislation relating to Florida’s state university system – one signed by Gov. Rick Scott, the other vetoed – talked about the Legislature’s efforts before the Higher Education Coordinating Council on Wednesday. Rep. Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, told the group’s seven members that many of their recommendations were reflected […]

Governor Proposes Billion Dollar Boost In Florida Education Spending

Gov. Rick Scott has unveiled his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. It’s $4.6 billion less than the current state budget, but education gets a big boost. Scott is seeking a $1 billion increase in education spending with a focus on grades K-12. “Despite tough economic times,” said Scott, “this investment will provide the […]

Florida Governor Promises Investment in Education Despite Funding Gap

Gov. Rick Scott sees a brighter future for Floridians through higher education. In a letter to newspaper editorial boards around the state, Scott said education pays off through “higher earnings and lower unemployment rates.” Then he addressed the money issue. For the school year beginning next fall, he wrote that Florida’s student population is expected […]

Florida Supremes Will Decide School Quality Case

A lawsuit that claims the Florida Legislature has failed to adequately educate the state’s children is going to the Florida Supreme Court. State leaders appealed for a halt to the proceedings after a trial judge rejected their request to dismiss the case, but an appellate court voted 8 – 7 this week to allow the […]

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