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Somerset Academy Inc., is one of new “Schools of Hope” operators in Florida. A law approved last year allows additional state funding and exemptions to charter schools that open near failing public ones.

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The Leon County School district will put its long-talked about community school at Sabal Palm Elementary. Superintendent Rocky Hanna says it’s the natural location since Florida State University is putting a medical lab nearby.

FSU Men's Basketball coach Leonard Hamilton talks to players (2/21/18).
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After an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament, The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team will not be heading to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

FSU's Men's Basketball team is in the Elite 8, the furthest it's gone since 1993.
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Florida State University Men’s Basketball team has become one of the break-out stories in this year’s "March Madness" NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament. The team is heading to the Elite Eight regional finals.

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Term limits for a policy-making body would bring in fresh blood, say supporters of a proposal to cap school board members’ terms at eight years. The proposal is moving forward in the Constitution Revision Commission.

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Gov. Rick Scott has signed the $88.7 billion state budget, and stakeholders in education are crying foul.  Superintendents, teachers unions and gubernatorial candidates fear cuts to K-12 programs. Now, they’re condemning Scott after calls for a veto and special session went unheeded.

Gov. Rick Scott, undated.
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Superintendents from around the state are petitioning Gov. Rick Scott to hold a special session to address what they feel is a paltry increase to K-12 schools’ per-student funding.

The Florida attorney who was instrumental in crafting the state’s current hazing law more than a decade ago now has his sights set on making hazing deaths punishable as a felony in all 50 states.

Florida A&M University's Lee Hall
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It was a disappointing legislative session for Florida A&M University. The school lost out on its top building priorities, but lawmakers did give it a few million more in operational funds.

Gov. Rick Scott (center) with House Speaker Richard Corcoran (left) and Senate President Joe Negron (right) after signing 2018's House Bill 7055 and Senate Bill 4.   3/11/18
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Governor Rick Scott has signed two education bills making changes to teachers unions, public colleges and universities. The proposals were among the top priorities for Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

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Three North Florida school districts will get new schools courtesy of the Florida legislature. Jackson, Taylor and Liberty County are in line for millions of dollars.

Some Madison County schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday after a shooting that occurred at a residence.

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The Florida House has now teed up gun safety legislation for a vote, in response to last month’s mass shooting at a South Florida high school. They agreed Tuesday to take up the Senate version of the bill that narrowly passed Monday. While language was stripped from that bill to exclude most classroom teachers, opponents argue the “compromise” could still arm school staff, like coaches.

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The Florida Legislature has passed sweeping higher education changes. The measures would permanently increase funding to the Bright Futures Scholarship, eliminate free speech zones and address university performance-based funding.

Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee
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Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, broke with his party Monday in voting for a controversial education bill that could, among other things, hurt teachers unions.  Montford argues the good in the bill outweighs the bad.

Florida lawmakers have approved a massive education measure that could whittle down the power of teachers unions, allow bullied students to transfer to private or other private schools, and expands the state’s corporate tax scholarship program. Lynn Hatter spoke with Tom Flanigan about the measures path toward approval, and how it fits in the puzzle that is making a budget.

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The Florida Legislature is moving ahead with a plan to provide prisoners with an education. The bill is headed to the Senate floor.

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Some gun safety proposals passed their first Florida Senate committee without an assault weapons ban. While top GOP lawmakers are calling the effort bipartisan, some Democrats pushing for more gun reforms disagree.

Emerging from his final legislative session, Republican Gov. Rick Scott holds a small lead over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in a potential U.S. Senate race that could help determine control of the Senate, according to a poll released Monday.  The poll
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Governor Rick Scott as well as the Florida House and Senate leadership have unveiled their gun safety proposals, in response to last week’s mass school shooting. They include some differences and some similarities.

Following Florida's Gun Debate

Feb 23, 2018
Thousands gather at the Florida capitol (2/21/18) to push for legislative action in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fl on Valentine's Day.
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The tragic Parkland shooting is one of the most recent examples for a long running debate on gun control in this country. The spectrum of opinions can create either a stalemate or compromise, but at the moment a conversation is being had.

Since the Valentine's Day Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl, nearly 100 copycat threats have been logged.
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There have been nearly 100 threats leveled against schools in the wake of the Valentine's Day shooting at a South Florida High School. Many of those who issued the threats are teens and students themselves. Some have claimed they were just, "joking." Law enforcement officials say they take all threats seriously and many student have been arrested for them, some, are facing felony charges. But whether those charges will stick is another matter, and state prosecutors say there's no law on the books that bans threats against schools. The ones that are in place for general threats of violence, are in need of updates. Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell says it comes down one question: Was the threat implicit, or explicit?

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100 Parkland students arrived at the Florida Capital Tuesday night. They were met by Tallahassee students, who want to join them in swaying state lawmakers to their gun control cause.

A key Florida Senate committee has stripped language from an omnibus education bill that threatened the survival of the state’s teachers unions. Critics of the plan say it’s unfair that only teachers were targeted.

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Educators from across Florida are aiming to make schools safer in the wake of last week’s Parkland shooting. The Florida Department of Education hosted a roundtable Thursday to prevent future school massacres.

 Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, after a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people.
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In the wake of the deaths of 17 people from a shooting at a Broward High School, people are once again focusing on school safety. Administrators and elected officials alike are pushing for more funding to shore up infrastructure, but some are beginning to wonder if that’s enough.

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