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  • Protect land, respect will of voters on Amendment 1

    The biggest winner in last year's elections in Florida wasn't a politician — it was a proposal. Amendment 1 called for dedicating a third of revenues from a state tax on real-estate transactions to land and water conservation every year for the...
  • Florida may promote 3rd graders who fail standardized tests

    Florida may promote 3rd graders who fail standardized tests
    TALLAHASSEE — Amid continued backlash over Florida's testing regimen, the state may stop holding back third grade students who fail the state's standardized tests. If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from a...
  • Some in Senate seek more cash for Florida Forever land program

    TALLAHASSEE — Several senators want their chamber to allocate more than a proposed $2 million for land purchases in the Florida Forever program, after voters last year overwhelmingly backed an increase in money for conservation efforts. But for...
  • Legislature should repair injustice done to Groveland Four

    They're all dead now, that generation of Jeanette Shepherd-Tatum's family who kept quiet about their part in Lake County's shameful moment in history. The family of black citrus picker Samuel Shepherd never talked of being burnt out of their house in...
  • Hays' bill to shield information in college job searches advances

    Hays' bill to shield information in college job searches advances
    A bill sponsored by state Rep. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, that would provide secrecy for applicants in the early stages of searches to fill high-ranking college and university jobs easily passed a Senate committee this week. The Senate Higher Education...
  • Deputy's widow seeks expanded survivor benefits

    Deputy's widow seeks expanded survivor benefits
    When Orange County Deputy Scott Pine joined the Sheriff's Office in May 2011, the husband and father had important financial decisions to make for his family. Because he was joining the Florida Retirement System, Pine had to choose between a pension...
  • Florida's school-testing insanity may soon be curbed

    Florida's school-testing insanity may soon be curbed
    I had a weird interview last week. Like, really weird. The topic was the testing mania that has spiraled out of control in Florida — 1,000 new tests in Orange County this year alone, kindergartners taking six end-of-year tests, standardized...
  • Bill would keep secret names of applicants for top college jobs

    Bill would keep secret names of applicants for top college jobs
    TALLAHASSEE -- Pointing to the possibility of a "chilling effect" if word gets out, a House bill filed last week would allow information to be kept confidential about people applying to become presidents, provosts or deans of state universities or...
  • Dems' New Year's resolutions might be tough to keep

    Dems' New Year's resolutions might be tough to keep
    TALLAHASSEE — It's a new year, and hope springs eternal for the perennially outsmarted and outspent Florida Democratic Party. While the median Floridian might be aligned with Democrats on a few hot-button issues, the median voter was not kind to...
  • Proposed law forcing schools to show Obama-bashing film gains steam in Florida legislature

    Proposed law forcing schools to show Obama-bashing film gains steam in Florida legislature
    Three weeks ago, I wrote about the latest fringe idea to hit Florida -- a proposal that would force schools to show an Obama-bashing movie to all students. Twice actually. Once in 8th-grade and again in 11th to make sure it sank in. ("Mandatory movies:...
  • Conservatives force-feeding their version of truth

    Conservatives force-feeding their version of truth
    Bills filed by two Florida lawmakers that would mandate students watch a political documentary is the latest in a series of efforts by conservatives to indoctrinate students into the concept that America is exceptional. Rep. Neil Combee, a Lakeland...