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Richard Corcoran’s $2 million haul, and what it could mean for the governor’s race

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s newly formed political committee raised more 2 million dollars last month. Although the Land O’Lakes Republican has been coy about his political future, with an eye-opening haul like that, it’s hard to argue the Speaker is not at least considering a 2018 gubernatorial run. Included in that $2,060,000 (and change) Watchdog PAC announced raising in June were significant contributions from Norman Braman and from political committees run by Reps. Jose Oliva, Chris Sprowls and Carlos Trujillo. Also cutting some big…

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Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated

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Florida is investigating whether or not school districts are moving students around in order to manipulate graduation rates. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced Wednesday that she has asked top officials in her department to look closer at students who were in their senior year but weren’t counted in final graduation rates. Gary Chartrand, a member of the Florida Board of Education, said the state needed to look into what he called a “very serious allegation.” News reports this year have…

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Richard Corcoran wants you to read ‘Grit’

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The concept of “grit” has become increasingly popular of late, aided and abetted by the release of a book (GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance) by MacArthur Genius Fellow Angela Duckworth. Duckworth, a former consultant who took a job teaching public school in New York City, learned that IQ was not the sole predictor of success for students. Rather, “grit” or perseverance is an essential factor. There has already been pushback on the importance of grit, as covered on NPR earlier…

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Today on Context Florida: Voucher plea, as seen by average Joes and SLAPPs

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Today on Context Florida: Former State Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand issued an impassioned plea on behalf of Florida’s 78,000 voucher students, writes Julie Delegal. Chartrand wants the plaintiffs, namely the Florida Education Association, which represents teachers, to drop its lawsuit opposing the diversion of tax dollars to the voucher program. The FEA lawsuit is now at the appeal stage. Chartrand’s article spurred some ideas as to how the voucher program might survive ongoing lawsuits. Marc Yacht says it would…

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