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Democrats Look for Momentum Going into 2018 Elections

October 29, 2017 - 11:00am

Buoyed by a win in a special election for a state Senate seat last month, Florida Democrats are using a three-day party conference to prepare plans for the critical 2018 election year when they hope to retain a U.S. Senate seat and reclaim the governor's mansion.

Bill Galvano Brings Policy Skills to Top Senate Post

October 23, 2017 - 3:30pm
Bill Galvano

Sen. Bill Galvano, a 51-year-old lawyer from Bradenton, will be designated Tuesday by Senate Republicans as the next president of the Florida Senate.

The Republican lawmaker will lead the 40-member Senate for the two years after the November 2018 general elections, assuming the Republicans hold their majority --- now at a 24-16 margin --- in the chamber.

State Board Approves Schools for 'Hope' Money

October 18, 2017 - 8:15pm

With 13 school districts challenging the constitutionality of Florida's new “schools of hope” law, the State Board of Education on Wednesday used the law to select 11 low-performing public schools to receive additional funding.

The schools will qualify for up to $2,000 in extra per-student funding over the next two years to carry out improvement plans that will include efforts such as tutoring, after-school programs, counseling and teacher development.

Hurricanes Leave Uncertainty in School Enrollment

October 11, 2017 - 9:45pm

The impact of hurricanes may be a complicating factor as lawmakers try to figure out how many students are in Florida's public schools this year and how many might show up next year.

Study Points to `Resegregation' of Florida Schools

September 27, 2017 - 5:45pm

Although Florida is becoming a more racially diverse state, its public-school system is becoming more segregated, a new study from the LeRoy Collins Institute shows.

Irma Insurance Claims Already Near $2 Billion

September 18, 2017 - 9:00pm

With 335,000 insurance claims representing $1.9 billion in property losses, Hurricane Irma has already exceeded the claims and losses from the two hurricanes that pummeled Florida last year, the state Office of Insurance Regulation reported Monday.

More Money Proposed for Public Schools, Colleges

September 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

The Florida Board of Education on Wednesday approved a 2018-2019 budget request that includes a $200 per-student boost in the K-12 system, increased funding for the 28 state colleges and construction money for public schools, colleges and universities.

Weekly Roundup: Wait Is Over for Death Penalty

August 28, 2017 - 10:00pm

After more than a year-and-a-half hiatus, Florida carried out an execution this week, putting to death a prisoner convicted of murdering two men in Jacksonville 30 years ago.

Army Corps Gives Input in Florida-Georgia Water War

August 8, 2017 - 8:00pm

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a key player in Florida's decades-old legal fight with Georgia over water flow in the Apalachicola River, has weighed into the pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Florida Schools to See Slight Bump in Enrollment

July 27, 2017 - 8:15pm

Florida public schools are expected to grow by 27,000 students in the next year, under an estimate approved by state forecasters on Thursday.



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