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Florida Chamber Foundation launches ‘My Career’ website tool

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Drawing on state data on what jobs are out there and what they pay, and what college and career school programs cost, the Florida Chamber Foundation is launching a new website aimed at helping people understand where the money is and what it will cost.

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David Simmons: We’re not done yet with HB 7069

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Interparty, cross-house fighting over the controversial education omnibus bill House Bill 7069 is not yet over, nor are efforts to stop provisions that could spell death sentences to underperforming public schools, Republican state Sen. Dave Simmons vowed Wednesday. And the bill might face a legal challenge led by state Sen. Gary Farmer, a Parkland Republican who has become the bill’s most outspoken critic. At a panel discussion, with three Republican state representatives, held by the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce…

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Florida may shift students away from failing schools

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Calling it an “emergency,” Florida may agree to spend up to $200 million to shift students from chronically failing schools to charter schools run by private organizations. The idea crafted by House Speaker Richard Corcoran and other top Republicans in the Florida House is this: Offer up money to help build “Schools of Hope” in neighborhoods, many of them in urban and poor areas. The schools would be within 5 miles of or in the zones of existing traditional public…

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Engineers give Florida a “C” grade for infrastructure

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Florida’s infrastructure is getting a grade of “C” by civil engineers, but that’s still better than the grade of “D+” given to the nation overall. An American Society of Civil Engineers report card released Thursday says investing in infrastructure must be a top priority in Florida given its growing population. The report card looked at all the state’s infrastructure, from transportation to water to energy. Florida’s best score was on bridges, for which it received a “B.” The report card…

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Failing grade? Trial over Florida’s schools finally starts

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A potentially far-reaching trial that will determine whether the Florida Legislature is shortchanging public schools is starting in a Tallahassee courtroom. In the lawsuit filed six years ago, education groups and parents from Duval and Pasco counties contend the Legislature and state officials have not provided enough money to the state’s schools as required under a constitutional amendment passed in 1998. They cite the academic performance of minorities and students from poor families as proof that the state is failing…

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Jeremy Ring: Money matters for Florida’s high school students

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Florida’s schools are supposed to prepare our students for success in life. Whether pursuing higher education or entering the workforce, we expect that students are ready for the real world based on what they learn in the classroom. But there is one area where we are perpetually failing the next generation: financial literacy and managing money wisely. Nearly half of Florida’s high school seniors lack an understanding of financial basics, like responsible credit use, income taxes, loan repayment and savings…

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Lessons from a successful Florida mayor

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Jeb Bush is mad at Rick Baker. Well, not really. But the former Florida governor wanted to see the mayor of St. Petersburg aim for statewide office – say, governor – but Mayor Baker has declined. His children are in middle school, and he didn’t want to be away from home doing so much campaigning. At age 52, Baker doesn’t exactly qualify as one of the “green shoots” of a Republican Party that is trying to reinvent itself nationally. But…

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