Lynn Hatter

News Director

Lynn Hatter is a  Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU 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.

Phone: (850) 487-3086

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Education
4:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Florida Education Board Approves $17.5B Funding Request Amid Testing Worries

Florida's Board of Education
Credit Florida Department of Education

The Florida Board of Education’s new budget request promotes Governor Rick Scott’s pledge for record funding of K-12 public schools. If it’s approved by the legislature this Spring, the $17.5 billion request would one for the record books.

Scott has made education funding a priority for the past two years, a reversal from his first year in office when the legislature approved a $1.3 billion cut to public schools. The money has been steadily increasing since then. Now Scott is campaigning on even more money for education.

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State News
3:58 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

The Forgotten Amendment, Amendment Three Targets Judicial Appointments

The Florida Supreme Court
Credit Florida Supreme Court

Three proposed state constitutional amendment are slated for Florida’s November ballot. So far most of the media and the public’s attention has been paid to two of them. But the one proposal that could have the most impact on state policy, is the one many people are overlooking.

Some political watchers say Florida is heading toward a crisis in the judicial system.

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State News
9:43 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Local Election Supervisors Endorse Online Voter Registration

Credit Steven Rodriguez / WFSU-FM

Florida’s 67 election supervisors are calling on the legislature to move voter registration online.

In a report issued Tuesday the supervisors say the online system should go into effect after the 2016 general election.  League of Women Voters of Florida President Diedre McNabb says her group is pleased with the supervisors’ support, but not quite so much with the timeline.              

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Arts & Culture
7:29 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Local Archeologists Look To Other Sites In Search Of de Soto Artifacts

Hernando de Soto
Credit National Park Service / nps.gov

A new development is springing up on South Magnolia Drive near the Florida Lottery. The proposed site will soon be home to a few new fast food restaurants and other shops. But at least one local group say the development is a lost opportunity in the ongoing quest to learn more about the Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto.

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State News
12:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Judicial Appointments At Stake In Amendment Three

Credit Florida Supreme Court

Three proposed state constitutional amendment are slated for Florida’s November ballot.

So far most of the attention has been paid to two of them. Amendment Three, is asking voters to decide which person—an incoming, our outgoing governor, gets to pick district judges and Supreme Court Justices. The issue is coming up now because four current state Supreme Court Justices are term-limited.

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