The Florida Independent


Florida public school students in the midst of high-stakes testing

By | 04.17.12 | 2:14 pm

This week, Florida students will take part in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT, a cornerstone of outcome-based education, strongly promoted by Florida GOP leaders since the late 1990s.

Scott signs budget, vetoes $142 million

By | 04.17.12 | 1:51 pm

Gov. Rick Scott signed the state’s $70 billion budget at a ceremony held in Cunningham Creek Elementary School in St. Johns County at noon today. The governor vetoed $142.7 million in line-items, including money for specialized health programs.

Teacher’s union says education budget keeps spending at 2007 levels

By | 04.17.12 | 10:20 am

Gov. Rick Scott has said that the 2012-2013 state budget he will sign Tuesday, which includes a $1 billion increase for K-12 public education over the 2011 budget, is a significant investment, a statement the Florida Education Association disputes.

Obama, Romney and the importance of the Latino vote

By | 04.16.12 | 9:29 am

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney discussed the importance of the Latino vote over the weekend.

USF Polytechnic decision coming soon

By | 04.13.12 | 3:56 pm

Gov. Rick Scott has only eight days to decide whether to sign a bill that would split off USF Polytechnic into the state’s 12th university.

Tax Watch announces budget line-item veto recommendations

By | 04.13.12 | 12:41 pm

Florida Tax Watch, a nonprofit critical of government spending, today released its list of recommendations of programs and spending it believes Gov. Rick Scott should veto in the state’s $70 billion budget.

Big business continues to withdraw from American Legislative Exchange Council

By | 04.13.12 | 10:28 am

A campaign launched by several progressive organizations has led eight major corporations to withdraw from the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, where state legislators and business representatives meet to draft model legislation.

School districts heed warnings about school prayer law

By | 04.12.12 | 12:28 pm

Many Florida school districts are, so far, listening to warnings from civil rights groups that adopting policies allowing for prayer at any school event will land them in court.

USF Poly bill on its way to Scott’s desk

By | 04.06.12 | 1:16 pm

A bill that would split off USF Polytechnic as the state’s 12th university is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. Scott has not said if he will sign the bill, which has been hotly contested among state legislators.

Legislator blames ‘drug abuse, teen pregnancy, rape and assault’ on absence of school prayer

By | 04.02.12 | 1:30 pm

In an op-ed defending Florida’s new school prayer bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott a week ago, state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, blamed the absence of prayer in schools for numerous social ills, after insisting his bill was not actually about school prayer.

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