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February 5, 2021

Florida lawmakers will deal with the pandemic’s impact on education when they reconvene in Tallahassee next month. Among the issues, a steep drop in student attendance, growing concerns about learning losses and a Republican effort to consolidate the state’s school choice programs. Lynn Hatter reports the educational landscape is rocky.

Governor Ron DeSantis this week announced proposed legislation targeting big tech giants that own social media platforms. He accuses them of censoring conservative voices. Gina Jordan spoke with legal experts who say the proposed crackdown is unconstitutional.

Former Republican Florida governor, now Democratic U.S. Representative Charlie Crist, is at least thinking about mounting a possible bid to return to the Governor’s Mansion. He spoke with Capital Reporter Steve Bousquet.

Florida leaders are racing to get more of the state’s senior population inoculated against COVID-19. Regan McCarthy reports officials are working to expand partnerships with community groups and pharmacies to get more shots in senior arms.

Property insurance rates continue to rise in Florida and industry leaders say exaggerated claims are the main reason. In the past, rate increases have been blamed on sinkholes, hurricanes and flooding. Blaise Gainey reports the new culprit is unscrupulous roofers.

Tom Flanigan spoke with the author of an academic public policy think tank report on how Florida State Government might be able to maintain critical services in the midst of a sharp revenue downturn.