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Gillum Proposes Corporate Tax Increase

Jan 19, 2018
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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum proposed his tax plan Friday as part of his bid for governor.

The Florida College System

Florida’s public community and state colleges could become their own system, and move from under the authority of the state board of education. But with that newfound independence would come strict caps on the number of students that can enroll in bachelor’s degree programs at those schools, and make it harder for community and state colleges to establish such programs.

Nine students are facing felony hazing charges in the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge.

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Companies that make interns into employees could get tax credits under a legislative proposal. The Internship Tax Credit Program will help degree-seeking students receive a job after college.  

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One of the first major pieces of legislation is moving forward—an effort to expand both merit and need-based financial aid programs and revamp the way students pay tuition at universities. The measure has bipartisan support despite concerns about part of the plan pushing the schools to get kids out within four years.

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For the past several years the Florida House and Senate have battled over how to pay for public schools. Now the House is drawing a red line over what it will and won’t do when it comes to deciding how to appropriate those funds.

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The first bill introduced Tuesday to the Florida House would create the so-called Hope Scholarship Program. It would give victims of bullying the chance to transfer to another public school, or get a scholarship to a private one. Advocates say the bill is primarily an anti-bullying measure. Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna sees it differently.

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Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna announced Monday his new Work Days initiative. He wants to learn more about a range of jobs within the school district, so he can do his own better.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he won’t raise taxes—either directly or indirectly. Corcoran took aim at the Florida Senate, stating he will also fight any plan that allows an increase in property tax revenue through higher property values to be counted toward public school funding.

Rickards High School and Fairview Middle are set to undergo major changes. It's something Leon Superintendent Rocky Hanna says is long overdue. Meanwhile, other schools, mostly located in the Northeast, are getting crowded.

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With a winter storm warning in effect from 1 a.m. to noon Wednesday, schools are beginning to announce plans to close.

Florida State University

Longtime Florida State University assistant coach Odell Haggins will remain at the school, and and serve as associate head coach and under Willie Taggart. The move comes after Jimbo Fisher left FSU last month for a coaching job at Texas A&M and FSU named Taggart as its new head coach.

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Florida State University officials say they will incorporate some of the grand jury's suggestions into reforming Greek life following the death of a fraternity pledge.

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The halls of the Leon County courthouse were packed Monday as a grand jury began its investigation into the death of a Florida State University student. The investigation and testimony is expected to continue Tuesday.

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Jennifer Powell has been named Leon County’s Teacher of the Year. 

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City of Tallahassee

Florida A&M University is offering to forgive parking fines for students, faculty, staff and visitors in exchange for gift cards for South Side kids.

Florida Department of Education budget presentation 12/7/17.
Florida Department of Education

Governor Rick Scott wants Florida lawmakers to spend an extra $200 million to raise per-student spending to another record high. But in order to get there, much of the increase would come from local contributions, and the state’s top educator made the case for it Thursday.

Florida State University President John Thrasher
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Florida State University President John Thrasher began his fourth year in the job Wednesday with his annual “State of the University” address to the faculty senate. Thrasher discusses FSU’s progress, its climb in national rankings, plans for new hires and the death of Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old fraternity pledge who died at an off-campus party, along with the introduction of new head football coach Willie Taggart.

Willie Taggart set to become 11th head football coach at Florida State University.
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Florida State University has hired Willie Taggart as the new head football coach.  He had been considered the front-runner for the job.

Former Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher says accepting a job at Texas A&M University was a no-brainer. He issued his first statement Monday after splitting from FSU last week.

FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher, 2018 FSU vs. Clemson
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Texas A&M University is expected to announce the hire of former Florida State University Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher today. The university confirmed Friday Fisher would be leaving after more than a week of uncertainty over the future of the school’s hallmark athletics program.

Football coach Jimbo Fisher, speaking to the Chiefs.
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Speculation continues over whether Florida State University football head coach Jimbo Fisher will stay with FSU or move on to Texas A&M University. But the coach remains mum on his decision.

Larry Robinson has become Florida A&M University’s 12th president. The school’s governing board made the decision Thursday. Robinson has served the school in a temporary leadership capacity three separate times.

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson.
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Florida A&M University’s interim president moved a step closer to dropping "interim” from his title Wednesday. A committee of the school’s trustee board recommending naming Larry Robinson to head the university permanently.

A proposal prohibiting local school board members from being paid looks unlikely to go before Florida voters. But term limits for those members and making superintendents appointed instead of elected are moving ahead.

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