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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: February 14, 2011 3:55 AM
As Gov. Rick Scott backs away for now from a push for an expanded school voucher program, former Gov. Jeb Bush’s education foundation has begun quietly circulating draft legislation that may serve as the Legislature’s template to massively expand the number of charter schools throughout the state.
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: February 8, 2011 3:55 AM
Florida’s public schools and universities will take a more than $3 billion hit under the budget proposed Monday by Gov. Rick Scott, with public elementary through high school spending dropping by nearly $300 per student.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: February 3, 2011 3:55 AM
 

The chairman of the Senate’s education committee is setting the stage for a lengthy debate over teacher pay by inviting former D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee to testify before his committee next week.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: February 1, 2011 3:55 AM
 

Following up on last year’s attempt to overhaul how teachers are paid, the chairman of the Senate’s education policy committee filed a measure Monday that would partially base teacher salary increases on student test scores.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: January 27, 2011 3:55 AM
Republican lawmakers, still stung by the Florida Supreme Court’s rebuke of three constitutional amendments, continued on Wednesday a long-running accusation that the court crafts state policy, usurping the Legislature’s policymaking role.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: January 26, 2011 3:55 AM

Teacher layoffs. Few if any electives. School supplies that last a school only a few months.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: January 22, 2011 3:55 AM

Gov. Rick Scott appointed former CIGNA executive Jack Miles to take over the Department of Management Services, an agency frequently criticized for sloppy management of the state’s property and contracts.

 
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Politics
By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: January 21, 2011 3:55 AM
 
Less than three months into their legislative careers, four Republican freshmen House members are already jockeying to become speaker of the House in 2016.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: January 15, 2011 3:55 AM
 

Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked a federal court to dismiss a case filed by two members of Congress that attempts to strike down a recently passed amendment to the Florida Constitution changing the way congressional districts are drawn.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: January 13, 2011 3:55 AM

The chairman of the Senate budget committee that pays for the courts flayed two Florida appellate judges Wednesday for their role in constructing a new 1st District Court of Appeal building critics have dubbed the "Taj Mahal" for its perceived grandeur while other courts struggle under budget constraints.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: January 8, 2011 3:55 AM

Multimillionaire Gov. Rick Scott is taking a single penny for his gubernatorial salary, but he’s stocking his staff with people commanding six-figure salaries while promising to cut state spending as the state faces a $3.5 billion shortfall and 12 percent unemployment.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: January 3, 2011 3:55 AM

A Leon County judge upheld the Legislature’s ability to set tuition for the state’s 11 public universities, knocking down a challenge from former Gov. Bob Graham who thought the Board of Governors should control university costs.

 
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Business
By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: December 27, 2010 4:05 AM

A Melbourne technology giant will be paid $19 million by the state to create a network of patient health care records that can be easily accessed by health care providers.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: December 20, 2010 4:05 AM

Three longtime Florida lawyers have filed to run for president of the Florida Bar, seeking to run the professional and regulating organization for more than 90,000 attorneys throughout the state.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: December 13, 2010 4:05 AM

A push for struggling schools to lengthen the school day may become a part of a larger education reform debate that lawmakers have hinted will be a major part of the spring 2011 legislative agenda.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: December 10, 2010 4:05 AM
 
The newly appointed chair of the Senate’s ethics committee hinted Thursday that proposals to give the Florida Ethics Commission some muscle may stand a chance this year, after being brushed aside the past few years.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: December 6, 2010 4:05 AM

Bottled water could get a few cents more expensive in Florida under a proposed surcharge to pay for environmental cleanup work.

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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: December 1, 2010 4:05 AM
 

The first crack at an Arizona-style immigration overhaul has been filed in the Florida Senate, with a proposal that would let law enforcement officers ask suspected illegal aliens to prove their immigration status and could penalize some legal immigrants who aren’t carrying proper documentation.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: November 25, 2010 4:05 AM

When Gov.-elect Rick Scott unveiled his economic plan on the campaign trail this summer, there was a portion that caught many law enforcement professionals by surprise: a proposed $1 billion cut to the state’s corrections’ budget.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: November 19, 2010 4:05 AM

The highly contentious teacher merit pay proposal that was shot down by Gov. Charlie Crist last spring has re-emerged, but with some preliminary concessions to teachers and also perhaps to Gov.-elect Rick Scott, who -- as the father of a special education teacher -- voiced concerns about the proposal’s fairness to some educators.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: November 17, 2010 4:05 AM

Newly elected House Speaker Dean Cannon blasted the Florida Supreme Court in formal remarks before the House Tuesday accusing the court of overstepping its constitutional duty as an impartial arbiter of the law.

 
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Politics
By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: October 29, 2010 4:05 AM
 

The final days of campaigning for former Hillsborough prosecutor Pam Bondi and state Sen. Dan Gelber to be the next attorney general likely won’t be very polite.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: October 28, 2010 4:05 AM
 
The state’s ethics commission is looking into the financial disclosure forms of incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, finding probable cause to investigate a Vero Beach man’s complaint that Haridopolos didn’t fully complete his forms.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: October 21, 2010 4:05 AM
 
Lawmakers could look at changes next year to make it more difficult for political candidates to switch parties midcampaign, a proposal directly in response to Gov. Charlie Crist’s defection from the Republican Party this past year.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: October 20, 2010 4:05 AM
Twenty-one years after Miami judges set up a diversion and treatment court specifically for drug offenders, Florida is poised to do the same for military veterans who have run afoul of the law.
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: October 16, 2010 4:05 AM
 
A Republican state Senate candidate hand-picked by GOP leadership was ruled ineligible on Friday for the November ballot.
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: October 1, 2010 4:05 AM
 
Senate President Jeff Atwater, who thus far has stayed relatively quiet in his bid for chief financial officer against Loranne Ausley, fired back against his Democratic opponent this week over allegations that he was not serious about ethics reform.
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