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Hurdles to school choice remain despite Florida’s open enrollment law

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Florida’s new open enrollment policies are still leaving students behind. Florida has one of the most robust school choice programs nationwide, with 45 percent of pre-K-12 students in the state having exercised some type of choice option in the 2015-16 school year. A new law seems poised to amplify that even more. HB 7029, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2016, will be effective for the 2017-18 school year. Under HB 7029, public schools are required to allow students to transfer in…

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Walmart to give free health screenings and immunizations this Saturday

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Calling it “America’s Biggest Health Fair,” Walmart will kick off a series of free healthcare-related services this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at more than 4,400 stores nationwide. Stores with pharmacies will offer free blood glucose, blood pressure and vision screenings. They will also offer free immunizations from licensed pharmacists. Screenings for blood pressure and glucose are considered crucial in determining certain illnesses including diabetes. The four-hour event will also feature free samples and product demos, health insurance education…

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