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Gwen Graham spends ‘workday’ as a high school student

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham spent a “workday” Monday in Lynn Haven shadowing Mosley High School’s senior class president. Graham caddied around Caroline Noble’s backpack, listened to her classmates and participated in school assignments. The former congresswoman was also around for the morning announcement broadcast, lunch and a tour of the school’s technical classes and ROTC.

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Budget panel sends schools, economic development, Medicaid bills to the floor

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The Senate’s versions of legislation pumping money into public schools, hospitals, Enterprise Florida, and Visit Florida — and establishing a regulatory framework for medical marijuana — cleared the Appropriations Committee Thursday. The votes — either unanimous or nearly so — sent the measures to the Senate floor. They also augured confrontations with the House involving oversight of economic development grants, and spending on Medicaid and public schools. Chairman Jack Latvala appeared determined to hold his ground. For example, of a…

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Joe Henderson: Public schools need to take victories where they can get them

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Florida’s public schools should go on red alert any time the state Legislature is in session because that usually means the lives of students, teachers and administrators is about to change for the worse. With that in mind, I’ll cautiously give an approving nod to a vote Monday by the House Education Committee that could – repeat, could – lead to some needed reforms. Place your bets. As Scott Powers reported for FloridaPolitics.com, a key provision in HB 773 would…

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Tom Jackson: Appeal puts poor students under FEA’s boot

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Now that the Florida Education Association has chosen to appeal its legal double-drubbing over the state’s scholarship program for students from low-income families, the question that leaps immediately to mind is this: Why does the teachers’ union hate poor kids? Seriously. About 92,000 students from modest circumstances are attending private schools through the 15-year-old Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, but the FEA wants to cut them off and haul them back into a system that, for far too many, is…

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