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Performance Could Alter University Funding

Lawmakers will consider a plan this spring that would fund the state’s 12 universities based in part on performance, a move that could see some universities lose money and others gain it.



Florida Leaders: Lower Differential Tuition Rate

The Legislature would reduce the leeway universities have to set their own tuition rates under a proposal being advanced by the leaders of the House and Senate.

CBS Miami–01/31/2014

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Education Commissioner Stewart Looks To Reassure Lawmakers On Test

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart faced tough questions from senators Wednesday as she outlined how the state would move forward on tweaks to its current schools standards and select a new test for students.



Florida Senate Takes Next Step Toward DCF Reform

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz on Monday took the next step toward reforming the state Department of Children and Families by asking the author of a white paper to address a Senate panel on how to improve the agency’s approach to child safety.



Senate President Predicts Major DCF Legislation

After a series of child deaths, the Florida Department of Children and Families faces a potentially groundbreaking legislative session, according to Senate President Don Gaetz.


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Gov. Scott’s Proposal To Lower Vehicle Registration Fees Picks Up Support

Governor Rick Scott’s plan to lower vehicle-registration fees by $401 million picked up steam ahead of its announcement Thursday, gaining measured support from Senate President Don Gaetz and, somewhat sarcastically, from Scott’s chief rival in his bid for re-election next year.


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Florida Legislative Leaders Fighting Medical Marijuana

While public opinion continues to move towards the legalization of marijuana, Florida’s legislative leaders have come out against a push to allow the use of pot for medical reasons.

CBS Miami–10/31/2013

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State Officials Begin 3-Day Education Summit

With Florida’s public-school system facing major questions, state officials are gathering in Clearwater for a hastily-arranged, three-day summit to address pending issues.

CBS Miami–08/26/2013

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State Senator Requests Special Panel On “Stand Your Ground” Law

Less than 24 hours after it was announced that the Florida House planned to hold a subcommittee hearing later this year to address the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law, the state’s Senate is moving towards doing the same.


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Scott’s $368 Million In Vetoes Spans Statewide

As Governor Rick Scott signed the state’s $74.1 billion spending plan on Monday, he also used his veto power on a total of $368 million in spending projects.