Building a Contentious Legislative Education Train...

Mar 20, 2016

The Florida legislative session is over. Anyone following the Legislature knows it finished on time with the House and Senate working remarkably well together. The Legislature agreed on an $82 billion budget that increased...

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Governor Scott Is Not Having a Good Legislative Session...

Mar 7, 2016

As the Florida legislative session is nearing its end, it’s looking like Gov. Rick Scott is not getting much of what he wanted. Of course, all that could change. The final days of session...

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Don’t Rob Public School Construction Funding To Give To Privately Run Charters...

Feb 27, 2016

The Florida Legislature, particularly the House, is hell-bent on pushing its charter school facility funding and expansion agenda at the expense of the state’s traditional public schools. Let me be perfectly clear. I don’t...

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Best and Worst of Florida Legislative Session So Far...

Feb 14, 2016

We’re halfway through Florida’s legislative session and time for a half-time recap. The top priorities of the Senate President and the House speaker—expanding opportunities for the developmentally disabled and an agriculture-friendly water policy—have made...

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Legislators Can Learn From History — and Former Legislators...

Feb 7, 2016

Many of my columns include blunt assessments of bills and budgets coming out of Tallahassee. So it was with some trepidation that I decided to attend the 2016 Legislative Reunion. And I’m glad I...

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Teachers Are Speaking Out, But Is Legislature Listening?...

Jan 23, 2016

Here’s my message to Florida’s 180,000 public school teachers: Thank you. Thank you for your dedication. Thank you for your professionalism. Thank you for your long days of teaching and your long nights of...

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Ignore Scott’s Billion-Dollar Tax-Cut Campaign...

Jan 18, 2016

How ridiculous is it for a sitting governor to use money raised from special interests to campaign for tax cuts from the Legislature controlled by his own party? That’s what Florida Gov. Rick Scott...

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What Is the CRC and Why Should You Care?

Jan 12, 2016

The Constitution Revision Commission is a big deal and voters should pay attention. This group of unelected appointees will have the power to put constitutional changes directly on the ballot. The CRC is required...

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