Lynn Hatter

News Director

Lynn Hatter is a  Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has been a member of the WFSU news team since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative.  When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.

The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, along with seven Florida teachers are suing the state, the Florida Department of Education and all 67 public school districts. That includes university lab schools, Florida Virtual School and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. At issue: whether the state's “Best and Brightest” teacher bonus program discriminates against black and Hispanic educators and those over 40.

Leon County Schools

School Districts across the Big Bend will re-open later this week in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Many schools served shelters before and after the storm.

Governor Rick Scott's office

Update: 9/10/17: Gulf, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla County Schools have announced extended closures. FAMU, FSU and TCC will remain closed through Friday.

Original Story: Public schools, colleges and universities will be closed starting Friday through Monday, says Gov. Rick Scott. A change in Hurricane Irma's forecasted path has prompted the closures which is in effect for schools across the state. Some colleges, universities and school districts have announced longer closures.

Wakulla County Evacuation Map.  Local officials are ordering mandatory evacuation for everyone in the red area (Zone A).
Florida Division of Emergency Mgmt.

9/10/17 9:00 a.m. update: Local emergency management officials say the Big Bend could begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma Sunday night. The Leon County Sheriff's office wants all vehicles off the road by that time.

Latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Sat. 9/9/17 5 a.m. advisory
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

The National Weather Service has issued Tropical Storm and Hurricane warnings for the Big Bend, Southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The warnings come as Hurricane Irma creeps closer to the state, preparing to make landfall somewhere in Southwest Florida.

Local emergency management officials gather at the Leon County-City of Tallahassee Emergency Operations Center ahead of Hurricane Irma 9/7/17
Nick Evans / WFSU News

As Hurricane Irma nears Florida the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government and emergency management officials will hold a 1 p.m. briefing today to provide updates.

Florida A&M University

Florida’s university governing board has granted tentative approval to Florida A&M University's strategic plan.

Kimberley Kelling / WFSU

For many young girls its hard navigating middle and high school. There’s cafeteria politics coupled with changing relationships among friends and family. It’s also a time for body changes, and  one group of young women say with all they have going on, the last thing they want to deal with is a dress code.

Federal funding that provides insurance for nearly 340,000 Florida kids will expire in September unless Congress acts. It’s called the  Children’s Health Insurance Program and it supports kids who don’t qualify for Medicaid.

Broward County schools will soon launch a challenge to a new state education law that steers more local dollars to charter schools and  the head of the state teachers union believe more lawsuits will soon follow.

Charter schools have scored a key victory following Governor Rick Scott’s approval of a large education bill. But just because the measure is now law does not mean it will go unchallenged.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Russian military attempts to hack last year’s presidential election were aimed at a Tallahassee-based company. The information comes from the leak of a classified document from the National Security Agency.

Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, House Speaker Richard Corcoran
State of Florida, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives

Governor Rick Scott says he will veto the legislature’s education funding proposal, sending lawmakers back to the drawing board in a special session next week. Scott says he and legislative leaders have agreed to spend another $200 million for education, and put more money into the state’s tourism and job recruitment agencies.

FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion died due to injuries sustained in a hazing ritual. His family is suing FAMU.
FAMU

The Florida Supreme Court will take up an appeal by a former Florida A&M University band member. Dante Martin is serving a seven-year prison sentence for the hazing death of a drum major.

Healthcarelist.com

Florida State University medical students are heading out into rural Florida for an up-close look at the challenges and opportunities in healthcare in underserved areas.

The Leon County School District expects to have a $40,000 deficit for the upcoming school year and stands to lose another $800,000 in construction and maintenance funding.  Now Superintendent Rocky Hanna is joining the calls for a veto of both the education budget, and a conforming bill.

Recent incidents of anti-semitism and a confederate flag display at area schools is spurring the Leon School District to make some changes. 

A social media threat coupled with a clash over the display of confederate flags have parents and their children on alert at Chiles High School.

Florida’s public education board had its say on a controversial ed bill and the state budget Tuesday.  Public school officials and a state lawmaker presented opposing views on how education policy played out during the legislative session.

Senate President Joe Negron is asking lawmakers for suggestions after a medical marijuana overhaul died in the legislature. It adds to growing whispers a special session could be coming.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5) pleads not guilty to fraud counts.
Pressly Pratt / WJCT News

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown has been found guilty of mail and wire fraud. She   lost her congressional district to Tallahassee Democrat Al Lawson last year amid an investigation into her ties with a charity that ultimately led to federal corruption charges.

Charter School Lobbyist: Education Bill Could End Up In Court

May 10, 2017
U.S. Department of Education Via Flikr / WFSU News

There are growing demands for Governor Rick Scott to veto both the state budget, and a controversial education companion measure that critics say goes too far.  House Bill 7069 covers everything from charter schools to testing to sunscreen.

Hartsfield Elementary School
Leon County Schools

The passage of a massive education bill has Leon residents concerned that the district could lose one of its schools: Hartsfield Elementary. But that’s not necessarily the case.

Florida’s public school districts will now have to share a portion of their locally-generated maintenance dollars with charter schools. The plan is part of a massive education budget bill.

educationews.org

There’s only one day left for lawmakers to decide what the state of testing will be in Florida’s public schools. It's now up to the House to decide what to do with testing and recess.

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