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Scott links higher education, workforce building

UWF President Judy Bense says helping students graduate in four years, building bridges between business and education key takeaways of two-day event. Read full story


State education bill allows “open enrollment”

Provision allows students to transfer across county lines

A provision to allow students to transfer across county lines one of many measures that lawmakers OK'd on the last day of the legislative session. Read full story


Talks on education budget break down

Education budget talks broke down late Sunday after a day in which negotiations on the overall state spending plan seemed to slow on several fronts Read full story


Budget outline slashes Scott priorities

House and Senate leaders agreed Friday to a budget outline that severely curtailed both of Gov. Rick Scott’s priorities for the coming year, slashing Scott’s tax cut plan and wiping out a business-incentives package. Read full story


Education bills move through Senate

Education measures in the Legislature lumped into two omnibus bills in the Senate bear watching for impact on charter schools, student transfers and teacher recruitment. Read full story


Education bills pass the House

Bills impacting the oversight of charter schools, allowing students to transfer across county lines are moving through the Florida Legislature. Read full story


Civil citation proposal hits opposition

Civil citation diverts nonviolent young offenders, but changes moving through the legislative session have law enforcement wanting to save officer discretion. Read full story


Charter school fight heats up

A bill that would expand the reach of charter schools drew hot debate in the Florida Legislature this week. Read full story


Senate seeks school funding change

Senate budget proposal would lean on state — rather than local governments and property taxes — for an increase in education funding. Read full story


House tax faces trim in Senate

Florida House's tax cut package include reducing a tax paid on commercial leases, permanently eliminating a tax on manufacturing equipment and holding several types of sales-tax "holidays" for consumers. Read full story


Changes possible to Medicaid dental program

A House panel Tuesday approved a bill that could lead to revamping children's dental care in the Medicaid program. Read full story


School construction proposal moves forward in House

A new proposal to crack down on the costs of school construction was approved Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee, Read full story