The Florida Department of Education has released the 2013 FCAT reports for reading, writing and math and the news is a mixed bag. Students made big gains over last year’s disastrous writing test, but results in reading and math were stagnant.
Teachers put the blame for last year’s poor writing test results on a lack of training. They accused the Department of Education for failing to communicate its expectations. Now the Department’s Pam Stewart says the issues have been addressed:
Governor Rick Scott has signed Florida’s new elections reform bill into law, but will that solve the problems that arose during last year’s Presidential election? Some say yes, but others say there’s more work to do stop long lines at the polls and protect the state from further embarrassment.
Last year, Florida encountered a lot of problems during the 2012 presidential election from counting delays to long lines at the polls.
Governor Rick Scott is doubling down on his opposition to tuition increases. Lynn Hatter reports, the Governor has written letters to each state university president as well as members of the board that governs them.
Even though Governor Rick Scott vetoed a three-percent tuition increase approved by the legislature, universities could still request tuition hikes from the Florida Board of Governors.
This year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season starting in June, is predicted to be a very active one. That’s according to a forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Atlantic hurricane seasons have been rated active every year since 1995 and this year hurricane experts are expecting anywhere from 13 to 20 named storms, with up to six of them developing into major hurricanes. But, Dr. Jerry Bell, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said an active season doesn’t necessarily mean the storms will make land fall.
Tallahassee’s Regional Matchmaker conference drew businesses from across the state to FSU’s Turnbull Conference Center Thursday. The event offered entrepreneurs the opportunity to network face-to-face with state and university agencies.
Florida’s Office of Supplier Diversity cosponsored the event with the goal of promoting business partnerships between minority, veteran, and women business owners throughout the state.