Sen. Dwight Bullard

Florida Senate

A Florida lawmaker is hoping video of a South Carolina deputy slamming a high school girl to the floor will fuel momentum for his sweeping reforms.

Senator Dwight Bullard returned to Florida A&M University Wednesday as the keynote speaker at the school’s annual Black History Month Convocation.  Carrying the theme of “Where is the FAM in U”, Bullard challenged his audience to help preserve the institution. He cited the success of FAMU alumni, like fellow Sen. Athena Joyner and Patricia Stephens Due who were arrested during their efforts to desegregate the Tallahassee bus system.

A hastily-convened summit in Clearwater has education watchers cautiously optimistic that Florida’s varying education factions may have reached a consensus.

The summit came as Florida continues navigating a rocky transition to new education standards. The state’s school grading system is facing questions about its validity and that of a new and teacher evaluation system.

“We are in a bit of a crisis, but it can be fixed if people can put aside politics and come up with real answers," said state Senator Dwight Bullard (D-Miami).

A South Florida lawmaker’s request to pardon a Jacksonville woman who a judge ruled did not qualify for a “Stand Your Ground” defense is getting a muted response.  Cabinet members say it’s too soon to pardon Marissa Alexander.

Tony Bennett's Resignation Causes Fallout In Two States

Aug 2, 2013
Stan Jastrzebski / WFSU News

Almost as soon as Tony Bennett stepped down as Florida’s education commissioner Thursday, the fallout began – in two different states. The resignation of a man most people agree did nothing criminal in Florida nonetheless touched off a debate about whether school grades can be trusted in either state Bennett has led.

Tony Bennett exited an elevator before Thursday’s press conference and he was all smiles – looking the part of a politician trying to make a good impression.  He was still trying to make a good impression when he made his way to the podium.

Florida’s 2013 legislative session is more than halfway over and that has some advocates of legislation scrambling to get their bills heard. One group is making a last-ditch plea for lawmakers to take up four measures dealing with changes to the state’s juvenile justice system.

“I was arrested for being involved in a fight in school last year. But it wasn’t really a fight, I was the only person who was hit.”