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    The New Definition of Public Education

    How Florida defines “public education” is changing rapidly, and a state scholarship program that helps 80,000 mostly poor and minority children is making an important difference in their lives. That’s the message delivered by John Kirtley, Co-Founder of...

    Apr 28 • 142 Views • Comments Off on The New Definition of Public Education

    How Florida defines “public education” is changing rapidly, and a state scholarship program that helps 80,000 mostly poor and minority children is making an important difference in their lives. That’s the message delivered by John Kirtley, Co-Founder of...

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    Governor Rick Scott Signs 20 Bills into Law

    Governor Rick Scott signed the following 20 bills into law today. HB 153  The Healthy Food Financing Initiative – This bill directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish the Healthy Food Financing Initiative program. HB 221 ...

    Apr 14 • 198 Views • Comments Off on Governor Rick Scott Signs 20 Bills into Law

    Governor Rick Scott signed the following 20 bills into law today. HB 153  The Healthy Food Financing Initiative – This bill directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish the Healthy Food Financing Initiative program. HB 221 ...

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    Commissioner Stewart Names School-Related Employee of the Year Finalists

    ~ Annual award recognizes outstanding school support personnel ~ Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart today announced the five finalists for the 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the...

    Apr 14 • 246 Views • Comments Off on Commissioner Stewart Names School-Related Employee of the Year Finalists

    ~ Annual award recognizes outstanding school support personnel ~ Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart today announced the five finalists for the 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the...

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    Comprehensive School Choice and Accountability Legislation Becomes Law

    Governor Scott today signed House Bill 7029, Education, into law. The comprehensive bill, outlined below, amends numerous sections of the education statutes pertaining to postsecondary education performance funding, K-12 education policy and funding, school...

    Apr 14 • 156 Views • Comments Off on Comprehensive School Choice and Accountability Legislation Becomes Law

    Governor Scott today signed House Bill 7029, Education, into law. The comprehensive bill, outlined below, amends numerous sections of the education statutes pertaining to postsecondary education performance funding, K-12 education policy and funding, school...

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    Does Donald Trump Have the Smallest “We”? Rhetorical Insights from the Presidential Debate

    Mar 14 • 448 Views

    By Michelle Ubben and Karen Cyphers, Ph.D. Florida matters – this election cycle more than ever.  Heading into Tuesday’s primary, we who call ourselves Floridians are enjoying the heady feeling of being consequential:  99 delegates for the GOP, winner take all, and 246 delegates awarded proportionally between the Democrats. A giant momentum machine that can sway the election in either direction. Intense national media attention. We know what that feels like as it relates to a presidential election and – this year ... Read more

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    Sen. Negron, Rep. Diaz, Florida Dental Association Expose HMO Untruths Regarding Dental Legislation

    Mar 11 • 475 Views

    Senate President-Designate Joe Negron, Rep. Jose Diaz, Florida Dental Association Expose HMO Untruths Regarding Dental Legislation Sen. Joe Negron emphasizes how legislation protects Medicaid dental care.  Assuring Floridians that dental care for children and adults covered by Medicaid is protected and enhanced under House Bill 819, Florida Senate President-Designate Joe Negron, State Representative Jose “Pepe” Diaz, and the Florida Dental Association today exposed a list of untruths being spread by HMOs attempt... Read more

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    Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Judicial Nominating Commissions

    May 4 • 71 Views

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced three appointments to two Judicial Nominating Commissions. Seventh Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission Andrew Morgan, 37, of Saint Augustine, is a partner with Canan Law, P.A. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning April 29, 2016, and ending July 1, 2018. Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Nancy Cason, 38, of Sarasota, is a managing partner with Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, ... Read more

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    Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Invite K-12 Students to Participate...

    May 4 • 107 Views

     Student winners will earn a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott invited Florida K-12 students to participate in the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month essay and art contests based on this year’s theme, “Honoring Hispanic American Heroes.” Parents, students, teachers, and principals are also encouraged to nominate outstanding Hispanic educators for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. Governor Scott said, “Hispanic H... Read more

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    Office Approves Removal of Up to 15,000 Policies from Citizens for July 2016...

    May 4 • 73 Views

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) has approved the removal of up to 15,000 personal residential policies from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) for the July 19, 2016 take-out period. The following company has been approved to participate: Southern Oak Insurance Company – approved to remove up to 15,000 personal residential policies (10,000 Personal Lines Account/5,000 Coastal Account) Today’s announcement brings the total number of potential personal and co... Read more

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    FDLE arrests Rockledge firefighter for theft

    May 4 • 94 Views

    ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Jeffrey Hughey, 54, of Rockledge, Florida on grand theft. Hughey is a battalion chief with the Rockledge Fire Department.   He turned himself in to the Brevard County Jail on Friday. Hughey is accused of stealing more than $1,500 worth of jewelry he found inside a city of Rockledge training vehicle during vehicle extraction training.  FDLE began its investigation in December 2015 at the request of Rockledge Police Chief Joseph LaSata and F... Read more

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    ENGLEWOOD MAN WINS TOP PRIZE PLAYING $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER SCRATCH-OFF GAME

    May 4 • 64 Views

    TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announces that James Diamond, 62, of Englewood, claimed a top prize in the $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Diamond chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,848,684.00. He purchased his winning ticket from Englewood Market, located at 3582 North Access Road in Englewood. The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket. The $20 game, $5,000,000 FLAM... Read more

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    Commissioner Putnam Urges Citizens and Visitors to Report Wildfire Arson During National Arson...

    May 4 • 95 Views

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service are asking residents to report suspicious wildfire activity during National Arson Awareness Week, May 1-7. This year’s national arson awareness theme is “Prevent wildfire arson— spread the facts, not the fire.” “Arson is the leading human cause of wildfires in Florida,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “With the help of Floridians and visitors, we can better protect Florida’s communities... Read more

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    Grouper fishing reopens May 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

    May 4 • 34 Views

    Anglers targeting grouper in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County, will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1, when the season for several species reopens to recreational and commercial harvest. The following species will reopen to harvest May 1: gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. The harvest of these species of grouper will remain open until Jan. 1, 2017. These species are closed annually from Jan. 1 through... Read more

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    Shorebird art contest: Kids celebrating mothers and chicks

    May 2 • 100 Views

    Beginning today - just in time for Mother’s Day - the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida are launching an art contest for kids to celebrate moms and raise awareness about beach-nesting shorebirds and seabirds in Florida. The winning drawing will be announced on Mother’s Day and made into a sign to help protect important shorebird nesting sites. The winner will also receive a prize pack, including family admission to Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary or the Audubon Center for B... Read more

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