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    High school robotics students, Motorola representatives, and state leaders gathered in Tallahassee on Tuesday to celebrate the significance of science, technology, engineering and math education. Co-sponsored by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and Florida FIRST Robotics, “STEM Day at the Florida Capitol” featured robotics teams from across the state, each a participant in national competitions. Motorola Solutions […]

    The post Students, leaders celebrate robotics at Capitol STEM Day appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    In an upbeat conference call that included statewide education officials, including Department of Education Secretary Pam Stewart, and Wendy Spencer of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service said Wednesday that Florida will be the recipient of $15.4 million for AmericCorps-led education projects. The officials said that figure will be matched by local money bringing the […]

    The post Florida receives $15 million in AmeriCorps education projects aid appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    In the wake of Tuesday morning’s budgetary blood bath that left $431 million in state spending on the Rotunda floor, state senators have had a thing or two to say about Gov. Rick Scott‘s line-item veto spree. So have the governor’s many boosters within state governmental agencies, who worked up prepared statements and sent them out into […]

    The post “It’s working!”: Executive agency veto statement round-up appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    First lady Ann Scott read aloud to a group of summer camp students this week for the second stop of Florida’s 2015 Summer Literacy Adventure. Surrounded by sparkling waters and native wildlife of Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Scott recited John Lithgow’s I’m a Manatee to a group of students from area summer […]

    The post Ann Scott reads about manatees, wildlife to kids for Summer Literacy Adventure appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    In spite of a tough upbringing in a poor family, education helped Gov. Rick Scott get ahead, he told state leaders Wednesday morning at an Orlando education summit hosted by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. The governor next reviewed his educational platform for the audience at the Omni Orlando Resort, connecting it to Florida’s job growth. “If we […]

    The post Rick Scott talks education at DOE summit in Orlando appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    Gov. Rick Scott said Monday he’ll ask the Legislature to add $20 million in funding for the state’s technical centers in his 2016-17 budget recommendation. Technical centers are run by Florida’s school districts and colleges and train workers for various jobs based on the workforce needs of the area. Scott said the $20 million would […]

    The post Gov. Rick Scott requests $20M in tech center funding for 2016 budget appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    A tussle over the website used by the Florida Department of Education has resulted in the ouster of an agency employee and an animal rights group’s questioning whether state education officials are buckling under pressure from one of the state’s theme park operators. The department this month pushed out its deputy communications director after Jennifer […]

    The post State fires employee for scrubbing SeaWorld from website at PETA’s request appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    Florida First Lady Ann Scott visited Tampa’s Strawberry Crest High School Monday as part of a Department of Education initiative to raise awareness for its literacy programs. “Strong reading skills set students up for success in the classroom and beyond, and I am honored to have the opportunity to help our state’s students foster an appreciation for literacy,” […]

    The post Ann Scott kicks off annual Literacy Week, Florida! tour appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    The ACLU of Florida wants state officials to know that protecting transgender students is not only required by law, but “is the right thing to do.” In a letter penned to Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, the civil liberties group writes that “we hope that you will recognize the […]

    The post ACLU urges Florida officials not to defy feds regarding transgender students appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    Condolences this morning to St. Pete Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, who lost her husband, Tampa Bay Times outdoor reporter Terry Tomalin. Condolences to all who knew and loved him. Moving on, the documentary “Weiner” is set to open today in some markets around the country (not Tampa, though wouldn’t it be great if the Tampa […]

    The post Mitch Perry Report for 5.20.16 — Hacked off appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    The Florida Chamber Foundation wants to make sure the next generation’s careers get a running start. The foundation will hold its annual education summit in Orlando on Thursday. The one-day Learners to Earners Education Summit is meant to bring together stakeholders to discuss how to make sure students are prepared for the workforce. “It has […]

    The post Florida Chamber Foundation focuses on making students ‘prosperous for the rest of their life’ appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    A federal judge has turned down a request from Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and six school districts to take over …

    The post Federal judge says ‘no’ to student promotions case appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    On Thursday, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart held a “teacher roundtable” at an elementary school in Northwest Jacksonville. Reynolds …

    The post Northwest Jacksonville Title I teachers sound off to Rick Scott, Pam Stewart appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    Florida is investigating whether or not school districts are moving students around in order to manipulate graduation rates. Education Commissioner …

    The post Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    The Florida Board of Education approved a 2018-2019 budget request Wednesday that includes a $200 per-student boost in the K-12 …

    The post More money proposed for public schools, colleges appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    With 13 school districts challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s new “schools of hope” law, the State Board of Education on Wednesday used …

    The post State board approves schools for ‘Hope’ money appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    Nearly 8,000 pupils from the Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and various Caribbean nations affected by Hurricane Maria have …

    The post Florida public school enrollment has jumped by 8,000 post-Maria appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told a Senate budget panel Thursday that funding would be “woefully short” next year if lawmakers …

    The post Property tax money could be key in education budget appeared first on Florida Politics.

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    Freshmen entering Florida high schools this fall will need higher scores on alternative tests to meet graduation standards in math …