Capital Report: 05-13-2016

May 13, 2016

Florida’s highest court is weighing a decision that will likely impact all 390 and women on the state’s Death Row.  Nick Evans reports two men in very different places are hoping to see the same thing happen.

Florida’s prison chief Julie Jones is finding herself under an ever-growing level of scrutiny after reaching a shaky truce with a non-profit prison rehabilitation group.  The dustup over closing a Bridge of America facility in Broward County underscores the need to help thousands of inmates transition to society as we hear from Jim Ash.

Florida’s largest teachers’ union is once again taking the state’s tax credit scholarship program to court. But it’s still not clear if the challengers have a legal leg to stand on. Kate Payne reports.

Charter schools virtual schools and alternative schools have been held up as positive substitutes for kids who are struggling in a traditional public school setting. And several reports have found that students do as well as or sometimes better in charters. But a new report from Johns Hopkins University finds that success may not be carrying over into graduation rates. Lynn Hatter spoke with one of the study’s authors.

There’s been a lot of talk about Zika this week and how Congress could help combat the mosquito-borne disease through funding. Florida Governor Rick Scott and other stakeholders even traveled to Washington D-C, hoping a deal could be struck to fund the effort. So far, there are a number of proposals already on the table, including a bipartisan effort by Florida’s two Senators. Sascha Cordner reports.

Enterprise Florida, the state’s business development arm, received no new funding from the legislature this year for economic incentive programs. Governor Rick Scott has said that means it’s time for the agency to transition to depend on more private funding. And Regan McCarthy reports it appears that could mean a significant restructuring.