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Joe Henderson: Tallahassee gets Special Session, the public gets the bill

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After the budget compromise reached by Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, the biggest question hanging over the Legislature’s three-day special session this week is whether there is enough time for some lawmakers to grow a backbone. Only one of two things can happen. There will either be a full-blown party revolt at how this was handled, followed by points, counterpoints, then fire and pestilence raining down on the state capital as rank-and-file members…

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Another $215 million for schools doesn’t go far enough, FEA complains

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The Florida Education Association isn’t satisfied with Gov. Rick Scott’s and legislative leaders’ plan to pump another $100 per pupil into public education. The union also wants Scott to veto HB 7069, the Legislature’s big education package. “The gaping flaws in HB 7069 haven’t changed with this suggested increase in funding,” FEA President Joanne McCall said in a written statement. “It doesn’t even pay for the massive giveaway to charter schools included in the bill. The governor and the legislative…

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Florida Education Association calls for proper funding for public schools in new ads

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The Florida Education Association is taking to the airwaves to call on lawmakers to better fund public schools. The statewide education association released two advertisements Thursday in response to several measures being advanced by the Legislature. The proposals, education officials said, would under fund public schools and harm public school students. “Students are at the center of everything we do. That’s why we are fighting for students and for better public schools,” said Joanne McCall, the president of the Florida…

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Teachers’ union: “Who can challenge the Legislature on voucher program?”

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The Florida Education Association (FEA) vented its “frustration” Wednesday after the Florida Supreme Court declined to take up a suit challenging the constitutionality of what’s been called “the nation’s largest private school choice program.” The court decided not to hear a challenge to the Tax Credit Scholarship Program, created in 2001, though – as one former judge noted – its order “doesn’t say (it) lacks jurisdiction.” (Main story here.) That had Joanne McCall, the statewide teachers’ union’s president and the lead plaintiff in the case, asking, Who can…

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Richard Corcoran installed as House speaker promising ‘struggle’ to do right

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Richard Corcoran assumed the speakership of the Florida House during its organizational session Tuesday, promising a new era of good government enforced by unprecedentedly stringent ethics rules and controls on lobbyists. “Good government isn’t a process; it’s a struggle for its leaders to do the right thing,” Corcoran said. “We have to put aside the rhetorical devices and political tricks and look out for the people. We have to govern selflessly and we have to tell the truth.” The House adopted the new…

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Bill Clinton says Hillary Clinton will be teachers’ partner in the White House

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After laying out his wife’s education plans from universal prekindergarten through college student loan refinancing, former President Bill Clinton told Florida’s teachers’ union Friday in Orlando that “if she becomes president, you will have a partner in the White House.” Clinton’s 35-minute speech to the Florida Education Association delegate conference at the Rosen Centre lightly portrayed Donald Trump‘s vision as that of pessimism, craziness, and longings for the past, while Hillary Clinton‘s vision forward-thinking, aimed at making public education integral…

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Bill Clinton to address Florida educators, three rallies in Florida

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Former President Bill Clinton will address the Florida Education Association’s conference in Orlando Friday and then go on a bus tour to rallies in Jacksonville, Panama City and Pensacola, the Hillary For America campaign announced Wednesday. Clinton’s two-day, four-city swing on behalf of his wife Hillary Clinton‘s Democratic presidential bid begins Monday morning with an address to the teachers union’s delegate assembly Friday morning. The event is closed to the public. From there he’ll be riding a bus to Jacksonville for…

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