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Education
7:01 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Effort to Revive Immigrant In-state Tuition Bill Thwarted By Senate Panel

A Florida Senate panel has rejected several attempts to revive a plan giving the children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition.

Efforts to revive the proposal failed in the appropriations committee Tuesday as the bill sponsor, Sen. Jack Latvala’s (R-Clearwater) attempts to get the language amended onto other education bills were thwarted by Senate Rules Chairman John Thrasher. Thrasher ruled the language didn’t relate closely enough with the other proposals. 

After the votes, Governor Rick Scott talked with reporters and repeated his support for the proposal:

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Education
6:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fla. Education Commissioner Stewart Threatens To Fine Pearson Over FCAT Glitches

Florida state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says she plans to fine the testing company Pearson after more than two dozen school districts reported problems administering the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Twenty-six Florida school districts report problems with Pearson’s online FCAT and end-of-course exams. The glitch prevented students from accessing the test once they were logged in to the system. According to the Florida Department of Education, Pearson officials said the underlying problem was a national issue with Internet service.

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Education
6:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Corporate Tax 'Voucher' Expansion Proposal Gets Second Wind With Senate Revival

A proposal to expand the state’s so-called school voucher program has been revived in the Senate. The move comes in the waning weeks of the legislative session but doesn’t quite match with what the House wants.

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State News
6:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Negron Yanks Immigrant Tuition Bill, Shrinking Its Chances Of Passing

Senate Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron (R-Stuart)
Credit Florida Senate

A proposal to give children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Florida may be dead for the year.

The House included the tuition issue a part of its legislative agenda and it was a priority of Speaker Will Weatherford. but the plan to give undocumented students in-state tuition faced an uphill battle in the Senate from the start, with strong opposition coming from Senate President Don Gaetz.

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WFSU Local
5:58 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Florida State University Rebuts New York Times Article On Winston Probe

Florida State University is disputing a New York Times article about its star quarterback, a flawed rape investigation and current probe by the federal government.

FSU has remained largely silent about its role in an investigation of rape allegations against its star quarterback, Jameis Winston. The state attorney never charged Winston citing a lack of evidence and flawed investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department.

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