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John Thrasher denies lobbying for testing firms

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From The St. Augustine Record: Two out-of-state companies that offer education testing paid a lobbying firm where state Sen. John Thrasher was a partner between $60,000 and $190,000 over a two-year period, state records indicate. During the current legislative session, Thrasher, a St. Augustine Republican, sponsored Senate Bill 6, which, among other things, would have required school districts to develop or acquire end-of-course assessment tests. After drawing stiff criticism from educators and teachers’ unions, the bill was vetoed Thursday by…

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Charlie Crist gets hero’s welcome at Miami high school

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From the Miami Herald: Charlie Crist sauntered into a North Miami high school on Friday to a rock star’s welcome. Students cheered and waved homemade signs and banners. Teachers rose to their feet. Crist received even more fanfare than Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, the school’s namesakes who had also come to campus that morning for a previously planned dedication ceremony. A day earlier, the governor had vetoed a controversial teacher pay bill, breaking ranks with the Republican Party and winning…

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Charlie Crist gets hero’s welcome at Miami high school

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From the Miami Herald: Charlie Crist sauntered into a North Miami high school on Friday to a rock star’s welcome. Students cheered and waved homemade signs and banners. Teachers rose to their feet. Crist received even more fanfare than Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, the school’s namesakes who had also come to campus that morning for a previously planned dedication ceremony. A day earlier, the governor had vetoed a controversial teacher pay bill, breaking ranks with the Republican Party and winning…

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