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About 5,200 teachers to receive test-score bonuses

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About 5,200 Florida teaches will receive bonuses as part of a program that rewards instructors based on how they scored on college admissions exams. The Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program will reward more than $8,400 to each instructor by April 1, The Orlando Sentinel reported. The program, which ties bonuses to teachers’ scores on ACT or SAT exams, was approved by the Florida Legislature in the spring. To qualify, instructors needed to score in the top 20 percent of…

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Legislature: Barack Obama wrong to change Cuba policy

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The Florida Legislature is telling President Barack Obama he’s wrong about Cuba. The House on Wednesday voted to send Obama a message that it opposes his decision to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba. The resolution also says the Legislature opposes the opening of any Cuban consulate or diplomatic office in the state. The three-page message to Obama and Congress expresses “profound disagreement” with the president’s decision last December to restore relations with the communist nation just 90 miles off the…

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Write-in candidate bill passes first committee stop

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A bill that removes the requirement that write-in candidates live within the district of the seat they’re seeking has passed its first committee stop. Members of the House Government Operations Subcommittee passed House Bill 4043 Tuesday morning with no discussion. The bill’s sponsor, Joseph Geller, told committee members the bill was needed to repeal a law that causes confusion for voting districts because different districts have different provisions. The glitch was thrust into the spotlight after two court cases found…

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