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Florida Justices Ask Pointed Questions During Hearing on Amendment 8

Florida Supreme Court justices poked holes in both sides of an ongoing debate whether to place Amendment 8 back on the November ballot during a 45-minute hearing Wednesday afternoon. They didn’t issue a ruling, but one is expected soon. Leon County Judge John Cooper removed the controversial measure two weeks ago, finding its title and summary… Read more »

Request Denied: Florida Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge of Six Proposed Amendments

Without comment, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected former chief justice Harry Lee Anstead’s request for oral arguments to challenge six proposed constitutional amendments, including Amendment 8. Anstead and former Elections commissioner Robert Barnas have contended the six measures are unconstitutionally bundled. The items include more than one proposal, tied together under an umbrella such as… Read more »

Battle Over Confusing Education Amendment Wording Goes to Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court will decide if a proposed constitutional amendment about who controls charter schools will make it onto the November ballot. A Leon County judge ordered Amendment 8, which would let the state of Florida oversee charter schools, to be cut from the ballot Monday because of misleading wording. The League of Women… Read more »

Judge removes three-item education amendment from Florida’s ballot

A Leon County judge ordered that Amendment 8, which would create a pathway for the state to oversee charter schools and bypass local school boards, be removed from the November ballot on Monday. Judge John Cooper wrote in a summary judgment Monday morning that the amendment should be removed “because its ballot title and summary… Read more »

Your First Day of School Photos in South Florida

It’s the first day of school in Broward and Monroe counties, and that means students across the region are strapping on their backpacks and preparing to head back into the classroom. Here’s a look at how students of all ages are getting ready for the big day!   Read more →

Lawsuit Challenges Education Amendment on Florida Ballot

A constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow charter school organizers to bypass local school boards to get approval is “intentionally misleading” because it doesn’t directly explain to voters that the amendment is designed to circumvent local control and intentionally leaves out the word “charter,” a lawsuit filed Thursday in Leon County Circuit… Read more »

Florida Teachers Sue Over ‘Union Busting’ Law: Report

Local teacher organizations and individual teachers have joined the Florida Education Association in suing the state over changes to its “union busting” law on Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reported. “We’re not feeling defeated. We’re feeling angry and we’re ready to do something about it. We’re tired of being the target of legislators,” Melissa Rudd,… Read more »

Florida Influencers: Teacher Pay Ranks As Top Education Issue of 2018

Raising salaries for the tens of thousands of K-12 public school teachers across Florida is the most pressing education issue political candidates running for office in 2018 should focus on. That’s according to the latest survey of the Florida Influencers — a group of 50 of the state’s leading voices in the political, business, academic… Read more »

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