In The News: March 16, 2014

Florida Public Employees


March 16, 2014

Scathing_Purple_Musings_VouchersFPE: Florida’s Voucher Expansion Assures the Expansion and Enrichment of the Step Up for Students Brand

It’s now called the Florida Sales Tax Credit Program, a teeny-weeny little change in what was simply the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. Sponsored by Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bardenton),  SB 1620 is summarized this way:

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Manny_DIaz_JrTampa Bay Times: School choice bills spark debate, controversy in Florida

Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., a Hialeah Republican and vice chairman of the House K-12 Subcommittee, said school choice is a priority for the Republican caucus because “it provides opportunities for families to get out of generational poverty.”

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Park of Cambridge wears cast for her broken wrist with "I Love Obamacare" written upon it prior to U.S. President Barack Obama's arrival to speak about health insurance at Faneuil Hall in BostonREUTERS:  Democrats seek ways to limit Obamacare fallout after Florida defeat

President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls.

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Lake_County_Safe_StudentsDaily Commercial: Lawmakers’ bills aim to makes students safe enroute to schools and in class

The Lake County School Board could have the ability to designate a school employee or volunteer to carry a concealed weapon on school grounds if State Sen. Alan Hays’ bill passes the Florida Legislature.

CLICK HERE to read  Jeff Burlew: State-worker issues at fore to Capitol reporter

It’s not as easy as it used to be for government workers to pick up the phone and call a reporter — or even their elected representatives — to speak out about issues. At least that’s what I’ve read in anonymous emails and letters I get from time to time and what I’ve heard in the halls of the Capitol. Some don’t want to rock the boat, for fear of retaliation and losing their jobs.

CLICK HERE to read Santa Rosa schools to eliminate corporal punishment

Paddling was suspended at the beginning of this calendar year, effectively eliminating its use until more formal steps to do away with it can be taken, Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said.

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CBS_MiamiCBS Miami: Public Records Bill Clears State Senate Panel

This legislative session, Florida lawmakers are considering a number of bills which deal with public records.

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Scott_DCF_florida_public_EmployeesMiami Herald:  Gov. Scott: DCF funding on the rise

The Department of Children & Families has been under fire — and not for the first time — for a spate of child deaths in families that had come to the attention of the child welfare agency. DCF is charged with protecting those children. It has one of the hardest jobs in Florida government.


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