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Rick Scott to sign controversial education policy bill

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Gov. Rick Scott will sign a contentious education policy bill that critics fear will hurt traditional public schools in favor of privately-managed charter schools. The Governor’s Office on Thursday morning announced he will approve “a major education bill” at Morning Star Catholic School in Orlando, “which serves many children who receive the Gardiner Scholarship,” one of the programs affected by the legislation. The bill signing is slated for 3:45 p.m., a press release said. It did not mention the bill by name or…

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Rick Scott: No hard feelings between him and Richard Corcoran

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Chalk it up to “passion.” Or politics. Gov. Rick Scott, speaking to reporters after a Wednesday bill signing, explained away the open tension between him and House Speaker Richard Corcoran after the House this year tried to gut VISIT FLORIDA and do away with economic development organization Enterprise Florida, his two favored state agencies. By the end of the recent Special Session, however, lawmakers agreed to the creation of an $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to be controlled by Scott,…

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Lynn Cobb, trusted adviser to legislative leaders, killed in crash

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Lynn Cobb, a veteran adviser to a succession of Florida House speakers, died Friday evening in a two-car crash in Woodville, south of Tallahassee. Cobb was pronounced dead at the scene after her SUV was hit head-on by another vehicle that had been “swerving in and out of traffic, passing other cars” on the two-lane highway, WCTV6 Tallahassee reported, citing a Florida Highway Patrol report. Cobb, 74, was to serve under Richard Corcoran when he assumes the speakership following next week’s elections. Outgoing Speaker Steve…

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