June 3, 2022
Just over half of Florida’s third-graders passed the latest reading assessment. But the Jefferson County School District remains at the bottom for reading proficiently in the state for a second year in a row. Sarah Mueller reports these scores come as the district’s charter school operator prepares to hand oversight of the district back to local officials at the end of June.
The ACLU of Florida is filing a lawsuit to block a Florida law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Regan McCarthy reports that measure is scheduled to take effect July first.
The Florida Supreme Court has denied a request to block Governor Ron DeSantis’ congressional map ahead of the upcoming elections. As Valerie Crowder reports, with elections deadlines fast approaching, the ruling means North Florida’s Black voters will likely lose their representation in Congress.
Three major Democrats are seeking their party's nomination for governor and a chance to take on Republican Ron DeSantis in November. And as Steve Bousquet reports, they're arguing over how often to debate each other.
Meanwhile, The newest Democratic leader in Florida's House of Representatives is a first: Fentrice Driskell [FEN-tris DRIS-kul] of Tampa becomes the first Black woman to hold the post.Driskell tells WUSF's Steve Newborn that though the number of Republicans are nearly double the size of her minority caucus, there are plenty of reasons why Democrats are speaking up.
The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season kicked off on Wednesday of this week. Already a former hurricane, which could be revived as “Tropical Storm Alex” at any time, has put all of South Florida under a tropical storm warning. What may lie ahead over the next six months? Here’s Capital Reporter Gina Jordan, speaking with Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Megan Borowski (bo-ROW-skee.)