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State Board of Education Grapples with Hurricane Aftermath, School Security Issues

January 16, 2019 - 2:30pm
Andrew Pollock, new Board of Education member

With the annual legislative session nearing, lawmakers and education leaders likely will have to grapple with the fallout of Hurricane Michael on Northwest Florida school districts and continued questions about how to bolster school safety throughout the state.

Shortage of Math, Science and English Teachers Affects Student Performance

January 16, 2019 - 6:00am

The State Board of Education is expected Wednesday to approve a report that details a shortage of certified science, English and math teachers in Florida’s public schools.

Justices Reject Challenge to State Education System

January 5, 2019 - 6:00am

A fiercely divided Florida Supreme Court on Friday rejected a nearly decade-long lawsuit that challenged whether the state has properly carried out a 1998 constitutional amendment that called for ensuring a “high quality” system of public schools.

Senate Pays $900,000 to Settle Retaliation Dispute

January 4, 2019 - 6:00am
Rachel Perrin Rogers and Jack Latvala

More than a year after sexual-harassment allegations brought down a powerful lawmaker, the Florida Senate has reached a $900,000 settlement with a legislative aide who said she was harassed and later faced retaliation.

NextEra Energy Starts 2019 as New Owner of Gulf Power

Supreme Court to Take up ‘AOB’ Insurance Fight

December 29, 2018 - 6:00am

Amid continuing political and legal battles about the insurance practice known as “assignment of benefits,” the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to take up a closely watched case stemming from water damage to a St. Lucie County home.

Medical Marijuana Law Is Constitutional as Written, State Tells Appeals Court

December 27, 2018 - 6:00am

Defending a 2017 law that set regulations for the state’s medical-marijuana industry, Florida Department of Health attorneys have asked an appeals court to overturn a circuit judge’s ruling that they say “injected confusion and uncertainty” into the licensing of marijuana firms.

FPL Fires Back in Dispute over Refund, Rates

December 27, 2018 - 6:00am

Describing the case as “specious, legally and factually baseless,” Florida Power & Light has asked state regulators to reject a petition that seeks to force the utility to refund as much as $736 million to customers and reduce base electric rates.

Volusia County Takes Aim at Amendment 10

December 19, 2018 - 6:00am
Leon County Courthouse

After losing an earlier challenge, Volusia County has filed a lawsuit seeking to be shielded from a newly approved constitutional amendment that deals with sheriffs and other types of county officials across the state.

DeSantis Taps Zingale as Transition Continues

December 18, 2018 - 6:00am
Jim Zingale

With little more than three weeks before he takes office, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on Monday proposed bringing back a state-government veteran to run the Florida Department of Revenue --- while a transition committee continued delving into environmental and land issues.

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