Capital Report: 04-01-2016

Apr 1, 2016

Enterprise Florida, is facing a major reorganization. Regan McCarthy reports that’s after the legislature denied a request from Governor Rick Scott to give the agency 250 million dollars for economic incentives.

It’s the fifth season of the year in Florida: testing season. And millions of Florida’s public school students, from third grade through 12th are taking the Florida Standards Assessment, the FCAT and end-of-course exams.. These tests have drawn scorn from parents, teachers, school administrators even lawmakers—yet they remain the main measure of how schools and districts are graded, kids promoted, and teachers evaluated. Lynn Hatter reports some parents and kids are protesting -- choosing a form of civil disobedience by opting out.

An outbreak of brown tide being blamed for a massive fish kill in the northern Indian River Lagoon is dissipating, according to the latest reports.  But scientists are worried it may signal a tipping point for a crippled ecosystem that makes up nearly one third of Florida’s east coast, as we hear from Jim Ash.

Florida’s Cabinet is at odds over who should become the state’s next insurance commissioner.  Nick Evans reports the candidate search is back on, and cabinet officials are hoping to agree on a successor at their next meeting. 

A new Florida law allows the state to pay for the reburial of boys’ remains found on the grounds of the now-defunct Dozier School for Boys as well as helps take care of the unclaimed remains. As Sascha Cordner reports, some stakeholders are now looking toward next steps associated with the new law.

According to the U-S-D-A, Americans spend about seven-percent of their income on food.  That’s one of the lowest percentages in the world.  But as Kate Payne reports, there are hidden costs lurking behind that cheap food.