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The day that was in Florida politics — March 17

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There’s a development in the Gerald Bailey affair I want to tell you about but first it’s FSU Day.  Not that I attended the school or anything but if I’m put on a beat it’s what is in the front of my mind, you know? Like, I’m all FSU, fascinated by Charlotte’s Web rule making, intrigued by the personalities on the Regulated Industries Committee and very grateful that I’m nowhere near Frank Artiles and his bathroom bill. Tuesday morning Seminoles…

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John Thrasher inaugurated as FSU president

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A handful of lawmakers broke away from the state Capitol Tuesday afternoon to attend the inauguration of John Thrasher as Florida State University’s 15th president. Thrasher earned two degrees from the university but his path to the presidency began in 1986 when he was elected to the Clay County School Board. From there Thrasher embarked on a career where he became one of the more powerful figures at the state Capitol. As speaker of the Florida House he worked with…

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Florida legislators under pressure to alter school testing

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For nearly 2 million Florida public school students, the next few weeks could be a crucial moment in their education. The state is undertaking one of the biggest changes in its classrooms since former Gov. Jeb Bush pushed through his signature A+ school grading system nearly 16 years ago. Students will switch this spring to a new test based largely on Common Core standards, and it’s a test that most will do on a computer instead of paper. What happens…

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