What’s the End Game With School Vouchers?...

Mar 11, 2019

The Florida Legislature is at it again. Another legislative session starts with a push to expand the use of vouchers for students to attend private, religious and for-profit schools. Does the state have so...

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Florida This Week for December 7, 2018

Dec 7, 2018

“Coming up next, former House Speaker Richard Corcoran is selected for the state’s top education job. Will the amendment restoring voting rights go into effect right away in January, or will the legislature get...

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Scott Singing New Tune on Campaign Tour

Aug 30, 2014

What a world of difference between the Scott campaigns of 2010 and 2014. During his first campaign, Rick Scott was a relative unknown in political circles; he spent nearly $70 million of his own...

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School Repair Funding Gets a Needed Boost...

May 3, 2014

Good news from the Florida Legislature! In some final budget wrangling, the House and Senate settled their differences and agreed on increased state funding for building and repairs of Florida’s public schools. In the...

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No House of Cards, But Good Political Drama...

Apr 26, 2014

I had intended to offer a half-time report on the Florida Legislature’s 60-day legislative session, but the vast majority of the action occurs in the last two weeks — or, more accurately, in the...

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The State Budget: A Powerful Tool in a Reelection Campaign...

Feb 8, 2014

When we talk about the power of incumbency in a political campaign, most of us think about the candidate’s ability to raise obscene amounts of campaign cash and his or her capacity to help...

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Strategic Spending and Investment Should Dominate Legislative Efforts...

Jan 18, 2014

In a typical Florida legislative session, some 2,000 bills are usually floating somewhere in the process. The 120 state House members and 40 state senators introduce a thousand or so member bills. Add to...

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Winning Over Educators

Sep 3, 2013

The last few weeks have been a debacle for Gov. Rick Scott, who has made winning over Florida’s teachers and parents an important component of his 2014 reelection strategy. In an effort to score...

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