Florida’s 3rd Grade Reading Scores Show Troubling Trend

Florida’s 3rd Grade Reading Scores Show Troubling Trend

Florida’s latest third-grade reading scores report has shown only one-quarter of students are able to read proficiently. The latest numbers from the Florida Department of Education were released recently, numbers which indicate students are struggling across the state, based on their performance on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). The state education department defines “proficiently” as scoring a four or […]

DeSantis Signs School-Safety Changes

DeSantis Signs School-Safety Changes

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Two weeks after a deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, reignited debates about gun violence and securing schools, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Tuesday that will require mental-health “crisis intervention” training for on-campus officers. The measure also will make other school-safety changes, including giving […]

Florida Democrat Anna Eskamani Blames ‘Pro-Life Politicians’ for Texas School Shooting

Florida Democrat Anna Eskamani Blames ‘Pro-Life Politicians’ for Texas School Shooting

Florida Democrat House member Anna Eskamani was quick to politicize the mass shooting that took place Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where reports indicate that 19 students and two teachers were killed. Eskamani tweeted out at 4:34 p.m. on Tuesday, “All these ‘pro-life’ politicians don’t seem to give a damn about our kids […]

Three Charged in 2020 ‘Ghost Candidate’ Case

Three Charged in 2020 ‘Ghost Candidate’ Case

The News Service of Florida A 2020 Florida Senate candidate and two political operatives, including the chairman of the Seminole County Republican Party, were charged Tuesday after an investigation into alleged campaign-finance violations. The State Attorney’s Office in the 18th Judicial Circuit said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted the investigation that centered on […]

Property Insurance Changes Aimed at Stabilizing Market

Property Insurance Changes Aimed at Stabilizing Market

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers began moving forward Monday with a plan to try to bolster the state’s troubled property-insurance market, but homeowners shouldn’t expect immediate relief from soaring premiums. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the plan (SB 2-D) on the first day of a special legislative session […]

Lee Stepping Down as State Elections Chief

Lee Stepping Down as State Elections Chief

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Secretary of State Laurel Lee, a former circuit judge who helped steer Florida through the 2020 elections, is stepping down after a little more than three years in her post. Lee’s resignation is effective Monday and came as Florida prepares for the Aug. 23 primary […]

Alexander Won’t Seek Re-Election Amid Allegations

Alexander Won’t Seek Re-Election Amid Allegations

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Six months away from becoming the state House Democratic leader, Rep. Ramon Alexander on Thursday announced he won’t seek re-election this year to his North Florida seat amid a controversy involving sexual-harassment allegations. Alexander was chosen last year to become House Democratic leader after the […]

Law to Require Lessons on Victims of Communism

Law to Require Lessons on Victims of Communism

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Calling it a “blockbuster day for freedom,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will require public-school students to observe “Victims of Communism Day” on Nov. 7 each year. The new law, which went into effect immediately, describes the day as being geared […]