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Orlando Sentinel: Julio Fuentes: Common Core standards will move students forward

By Julio Fuentes, Guest columnist If you follow education news in Florida like I do, you’ve probably seen the recent coverage of Common Core State Standards, the intense public hearings, and the critics across the political spectrum sharing their opinions about the future of education in Florida. What is missing from the coverage is the […]

Palm Beach Post: Palm Beach County enters first phase of drought

Just 27 days into the seven-month long dry season, weather and water experts said Thursday the metro areas of South Florida have already fallen into the first phase of a drought. Areas to the north including Martin and St. Lucie counties had been in the first phase, or D0 as it is referred to on […]

Suwannee Democrat: iBudget masks service cuts

The year 2013 arrived with more of the same reductions in services The Arc North Florida clients have seen every year since 2004. This time, the reductions came masked in the form of the Agency for Persons With Disabilities’ iBudget. Presented as a plan that would give clients and their families more control over their […]

TC Palm: Letter: Septic connection must be addressed in race to save our lagoon

I owe an apology to Malcolm Mahr, who in a recent letter asserted that more study of the Indian River Lagoon estuary is necessary “to scientifically identify the most damaging sources of pollution.” In response, I wrote suggesting that more study, while certainly not worthless, might lead to a “paralysis of analysis” given the multitude […]

Sunshine State News: Let Florida’s Wood Market Thrive

By Rick Watson The building community in Florida carefully monitors the government’s policies for “green” construction projects. Builders, as well as the economy as a whole, gain from a framework that promotes competition and allows the free flow of commerce in the timber industry. Allowing more Florida wood in our buildings will improve sustainability and […]

Tampa Bay Times: LeRoy Collins and the making of modern Florida

By Rick Edmonds It has been more than 50 years now since LeRoy Collins served as Florida governor, and more than 20 since his death. But Collins’ legacy for his beloved state and those engaging its policy and political challenges remains as fresh as ever. During the economic and political doldrums of this decade, his […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Bill Mincy: Pharmacists seek continued legislative support

Can you guess which group of health care providers administers nearly 20 percent of adult flu vaccines each year? It is the same profession that offers a wide variety of education, prevention and wellness services so patients can feel their best. These providers are often the most accessible in their neighborhood. And they regularly rank […]

Sunshine State News: Addressing the Cycle of Poverty

By Ed Moore If you are in your 60s or older, you came of age during the government boom at the federal level. You witnessed the birth of the Great Society, America’s massive engagement destined to eliminate poverty and open the American dream to all willing to pursue a better life and better education. I […]

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