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Tallahassee, FL – Teachers were at the heart of a debate in the House K-12 Education Appropriations Committee Thursday. How to award bonuses to National Board Certified Teachers and whether or not to extend third year contracts to non-tenured teachers were big issues for Democrats. As Lynn Hatter reports, these arguments come as the committee prepared to approve final language on a conforming bill that would make the budge work.

Tallahassee, FL – The House says it has a plan to stave off a 525 million dollar cut to education. As Lynn Hatter reports, the PreK-12 Education Committee is holding education harmless.

Tallahassee, FL – Two measures aimed at raising high school graduation requirements got very different reactions Monday. As Lynn Hatter reports, one passed the House Full Education Appropriations Committee unanimously, the other, by a party line vote.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's private power companies would have to generate 20 percent of their power through clean sources by 2020 under a bill that took its first step in the Senate. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The numbers for the education budget are coming in and the news is a mixed bag. As Lynn Hatter reports, higher education may fare better this year, but lawmakers say they can't make any guarantees.

Tallahassee, FL – The House finally has budget numbers and they aren't looking good. As Lynn Hatter reports, The House Pre-K-12 Education Committee is preparing to cut over 500 million dollars out of its budget.

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Tallahassee, FL – A victory Thursday for a nonpartisan government watchdog group which only last week announced the organization is shutting its Florida operations at the end of the month. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Homeless people and their advocates took their case to the Florida Capitol Wednesday. Tom Flanigan reports they do have some legislative support.

Tallahassee, FL – Three more women were added to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in a special ceremony earlier this week. They include a lawmaker, a businesswoman and a policymaker. Lynn Hatter brings you the third inductee, Betty Sembler of Treasure Island.

Tallahassee, FL – Three more women were added to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in a special ceremony earlier this week. They include a lawmaker, a businesswoman and a policy maker. Lynn Hatter brings you the second inductee Louise Courtelis of Gainesville

Tallahassee, FL – Lawmakers are upping the stakes on education again. As Lynn Hatter reports. A proposal to boost high school graduation requirements is making its way through the legislature.

Tallahassee, FL – Three more women were added to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. They include a lawmaker, a philanthropist and a policy maker. Lynn Hatter brings you the first inductee. Former Florida State Senator, Gwen Margolis.

Tallahassee, FL – As many as one in three Florida jail and prison inmates suffer from mental illness. As Tom Flanigan reports, that's brought the state criticism from a national mental health advocacy group and legislation to divert more money and prison inmates into community mental health programs.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Senator Jeremy Ring says he was surprised by opposition during a committee meeting about an autism spectrum disorder bill he's sponsoring. However, James Call reports, Ring says he intends to work with the industry representative to address their concerns.

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Tallahassee, FL – A plan that would freeze school class sizes at current levels cleared a key House Committee Tuesday. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee – It's the second year for the so-called "Second Chance" bill for certain juvenile convicts serving life terms. As Tom Flanigan reports, it would allow Florida's Parole Commission to consider release, but only if tough terms are met.

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida's spending on education has shrunk in the last two years. So much so, that the state doesn't qualify for a portion of the federal education stimulus dollars. The state's funding situation is so dire, that two senator's are now asking for a waiver. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Part of the decline in public school funding is related to the decline in enrollment. But as Lynn Hatter reports, one age group of children is going up.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist taps Don Winstead, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Children and Families to oversee the implementation of the federal stimulus package. Trimmel Gomes reports

Tallahassee, FL – With the state's prison population over 100 thousand, Florida is looking for ways to cut that number down. And as Lynn Hatter reports, that could start with revising the zero tolerance policy in public schools.

Tallahassee, FL – State Representative Peter Nehr wants to make sure Progress Energy customers aren't stuck with the tab to build a new nuclear plant during these tough economic times. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Two legislators are proposing an overhaul to the state's abstinence only sex education requirements. Backing up the proposal is a new report by the Healthy Teens Campaign which says abstinence only education doesn't work. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee, FL – U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has filed legislation to provide a federal backstop for Florida's Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. Nelson's promoting yet another attempt at creating a federal fund to pool money to cover the costs of a major disaster. Trimmel Gomes reports.

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Tallahassee, FL – The case of a young Broward County man is headed for the Florida Legislature this session. As Tom Flanigan tells us, the matter could impact the relationship between local governments and the insurance companies that sell them liability coverage.

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Tallahassee, FL – The issue on how to balance the state's prepaid tuition program while the legislature considers a tuition increase has been temporarily solved by the Board of Governors. As Lynn Hatter reports, the BOG has brokered an agreement between it and the body which oversees the program to balance the tuition gap that could soon occur between the tuition plans and actual cost.

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