Capital Report: 12-26-2014

Jan 5, 2015

Months of criticism against the state’s standardized testing systems has culminated in the Florida Department of Education’s call for a review. Lynn Hatter reports throughout the year parents and school districts have raised concerns that the state is not prepared for massive changes going into effect this school year.

Enterprise Florida

Thousands of dollars spent on sporting events, meals and out-of-state trips are the subject of a letter sent Wednesday asking the state’s inspector general to investigate economic development agency Enterprise Florida.

Integrity Florida, a group frequently critical of Enterprise Florida, is behind the note, which highlights about $100,000 in spending on business lobbyists.

It’s no secret a successful major college sports team means big business for its university. But when a Florida State University lobbyist earlier this fall suggested to the school’s trustees that a successful football team could mean more money from state lawmakers, eyebrows were raised. But, even those pushing for FSU to get every dollar it can say there’s little chance football – either its scores or its scandals -- will change the school’s appropriation.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

The Florida Legislature doesn’t go into session for another three months, but lawmakers and lobbyists are kicking into high gear this week as several Legislative committees meet for the first time. Committees will be picking apart bills until session starts in March.