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Today on Context Florida: Love & government, vote solar, America’s greatness and virtual public schools

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Today on Context Florida: Darryl Paulson offers a warning – never mix love and government. In 1868, Florida passed a law making it illegal for a “Negro man and a white woman … who are not married to each other … to habitually live in and occupy in the nighttime the same room.” Violation of the law was a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Florida also made it illegal for such individuals…

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$1.5 million goes into public education thanks to CFO Jeff Atwater’s unclaimed property auction

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More than $1.5 million was raised for Florida’s public schools during the 2015 unclaimed property auction held last Saturday in Jacksonville. According to a release from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Tuesday, the auction was the second-highest-yielding auction ever, trailing only behind an auction in Fort Lauderdale two years ago that yielded $1.7 million. This year’s auction included more than 50,000 items from abandoned safe deposit boxes. Funds from the contents of those boxes are held in a public education…

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Jeb Bush target of Alabama Facebook page

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Former Gov. Jeb Bush introduced some of the most aggressive reforms to Florida’s public education system during his tenure, including our high-stakes standardized test, the FCAT, and the practice of grading public schools. A group in Alabama doesn’t want to see his influence there. See the page here.

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