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Research group says jobs keep inmates from returning to prison

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Report: Putting released inmates to work would increase public safety and help combat Florida’s over-incarceration problem.

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Black ministers confront NAACP over school choice

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

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A group of African-American pastors in Florida is in a standoff over school choice against the NAACP. In May, dozens of black ministers — many of them members — urged the NAACP and Florida teachers unions to end a lawsuit seeking to kill a state tax credit for private school vouchers. The NAACP, so often on the […]

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Florida plaintiffs want Supreme Court to hear school choice lawsuit

By   /  July 12, 2016  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

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Plaintiffs in a Florida school choice lawsuit would like the case to be go directly to the Supreme Court, arguing that there’s an urgent need to help the students affected. Jodi Siegel, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, wrote that since the suit was first filed in 2009, “a generation of children have failed to achieve.” Lawyers for the state are requesting […]

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New law makes Florida a wide-open school choice state

By   /  July 5, 2016  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

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Beginning next year, students in Florida will be able to attend any school in the state with space available. A new school choice law that took effect July 1 also calls for charter schools to get more state dollars based on the number of special needs and low-income students that attend. Read more here.

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Florida lawmakers recognized for work on education

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

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Eight Florida lawmakers — seven Republicans and one Democrat — were recognized by the Florida Coalition of School Board Members for their work on education reform. “The coalition shares [values] with many of the decision makers in Tallahassee, but specifically the ones we gave awards to, things that really brought us into being: supporting parental […]

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The educational establishment is holding kids hostage, and threatening parents with prison

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

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Some Florida parents are so desperate to get their kids out of failing schools that they’re willing to risk a felony conviction and five years in prison to find a better learning environment. Sound crazy? It does, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. “Imagine getting carted off in cuffs and doing hard time for the […]

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