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.

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
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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.
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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
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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.

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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.

From the left Appropriations Chairs Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Lutz, and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, begin the compromise process as full conference committee met June 11, 2015, while finalizing key portions of the state's budget within Criminal and Civil Just
Mark Foley / Florida House of Representatives

Florida lawmakers have a budget. But that’s come at the cost of a process that has in recent years, been a lot more transparent than it is now. Lawmakers have struck deals largely in secret, seemingly backtracking on House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s promise that this would be the most transparent process in legislative history.

George Sheldon
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A former Department of Children and Families official and state attorney general candidate could be heading back to Florida. George Sheldon has reportedly been offered a job at a troubled Miami-based organization.

Angela Epps, FAMU College of Law
famu.edu

Florida A&M University has demoted yet another dean: the head of the FAMU College of Law. The removal of Angela Epps marks the fourth demotion FAMU leaders have made in a week.

Lake Okeechobee and South Florida viewed from space.
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The Florida House has signed off on Senate President Joe Negron’s top priority: a water reservoir South of Lake Okeechobee. After a quick stop and approval by the Senate, the measure is heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University has removed three of its college deans. The move is part of an administrative shakeup touching the School of Journalism, College of Pharmacy and College of Education.

Florida Capitol
Nick Evans / WFSU News

State employees are in line for pay raises for the first time in years. But the potential trade-offs for those pay bumps is raising concerns.

U.S. Department of Education Via Flikr / WFSU News

Florida lawmakers appear to be moving forward with a House priority bill boosting funding to charter schools that set up near chronically failing public schools. The measure, dubbed schools of hope, is a priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran but its final form is still being debated.

Florida State University President John Thrasher
Florida State University / FSU

Florida State University President John Thrasher says he’s feeling optimistic the state's two legislative chambers can reach a budget deal favorable to universities. That’s because lawmakers are choosing to go with the Senate’s proposal to invest more money into higher education, rather than the House’s plan for cuts.

Florida Power and Light

A proposal allowing Florida Power and Light to charge customers for exploratory natural gas drilling has cleared a key senate hurdle, despite numerous consumer concerns. The company calls the move a hedge against future fuel increases.

It appears talks regarding Florida’s budget have re-started with the House budget chief saying talks could begin as early as tonight. Earlier in the day the House’s budget committee voted to re-authorizing the current year’s spending plan with a few changes, after lawmakers appeared to be at a stand-still.

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