Immigration reform is gearing up for a fight.
School lunch just got political.
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam told the state Board of Education on Tuesday that he wants to to move the federal child nutrition programs from the Department of Education to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Putnam says the bill, the Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives Act, will allow Florida to take advantage of opportunities to leverage the state's year-round growing season, and create dual benefits of promoting home-grown Florida products, and getting more fresh fruits and vegetables on school lunch trays.
Expected approval of the Port of Miami dredging project is being hailed as a win for the state of Florida, particularly the areas in and around Miami.
It will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the port to a depth of 50 feet, making it a viable option to handle the new Post-Panamax ships that will come through the Panama Canal when the expansion project is completed in 2014.
But one month ago, nobody could say where the additional $77 million to make it happen would come from.
Bills in the House and Senate that would eliminate teacher tenure and reward better teachers are gaining support -- not only among the Republican-dominated House and Senate, but among teachers themselves.
Rhonda Lochiatt, a fifth-grade teacher from Volusia County, says she's excited about the Senate passage of the Student Success Act and the promising path of its counterpart in the House.
"Teachers have always wanted to be treated as professionals and this is finally our chance," said Lochiatt. "For me, this is the direction we need to go."