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Miami-Dade Adding WiFi to School Buses, Pushing STEM Programs in Schools

When school starts in Miami-Dade County Aug. 24, students can expect a whole lot of changes.

Earlier this week, the Miami-Dade Public School Board members and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced 53 new programs for students beginning in the 2015-2016 school years.

The additions bring the total number or programs offered by the district to over 500. The list of programs includes adding 16 magnet programs to 12 schools as well as 37 choice programs in 30 schools.

Carvalho called the news "Christmas in July" and "Hanukkuh in August."

George LeMieux Backs Jeb Bush for President in 2016

Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., offered a ringing endorsement for former Gov. Jeb Bush’s, R-Fla., presidential campaign on Friday. 

Patrick Murphy Hopes Coast Guard Keeps Up Search for Missing Teen Boaters

The Coast Guard will have an announcement about the search for missing teenage boaters Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen at noon on Friday. The two teens have been missing for a week now. 

Bill Nelson Plans to Block Drilling Off Florida Gulf Coast

With the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voting to open up the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico up for drilling on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., wrote Senate leadership informing them he would block the measure. 

Ron DeSantis Keeps the Heat on IRS Boss

With a federal judge threatening to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in contempt, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., continued to insist the IRS boss is stonewalling. Earlier in the week, DeSantis called for Koskinen to go, saying Congress should impeach him. 

Florida TaxWatch: 'Florida’s Economy is Rebounding from the Great Recession'

Florida TaxWatch released a report on Thursday which showed 266,600 new jobs were created in the Sunshine in the last half of 2014 and the first half of 2015.

Republicans Start Staffing Up in Florida for 2016

Republicans are staffing up in Florida as 2016 looms. 

Marco Rubio: Senate Needs to Back VA Reform, Obama Needs to Be Pressured

The U.S. House passed the U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller‘s, R-Fla., “Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability Act of 2015" on Wednesday and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., now wants the Senate to follow suit.

Ray Rodrigues Named HCAF's Legislator of the Year

The Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) named Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Ft. Myers, as its legislator of the year on Wednesday to honor his efforts to reduce fees when required reports are turned in late. 

VA Reform Passes House With Florida GOP Representatives Leading the Charge

The U.S. House voted 256 – 170 on Wednesday in a favor of a  bill giving the VA secretary more room to fire underperfoming employees. The measure was championed by the two Florida Republicans in charge of the House Veterans Affairs Committee: Chairman Jeff Miller and Vice-Chairman Gus Bilirakis. 

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