A woman known for raising awareness of childhood sexual abuse is helping launch a new curriculum for Florida’s kindergartners. Gina Jordan reports Florida is now the first state to implement such a program.

“Do you think it’s ok to keep an unsafe secret is someone asks you to?”


Lauren Book is reading to a kindergarten class in Tallahassee.

“Can you think of another kind of unsafe secret?”

It’s part of a new kindergarten curriculum called Safer, Smarter Kids.

Now that the Republican Party of Florida has joined the drive to oust three justices from the state Supreme Court, the fight has gained enormous momentum. 

Emergency Meeting Called to Extend Search for Education Commissioner

Sep 24, 2012

The Florida Board of Education has called an emergency meeting to extend the application deadline for a new Education Commissioner in Florida. Gerard Robinson walked away from the job in August.

The national firm Ray and Associates is conducting the search. It's the same firm that brought us Robinson.

The position will pay up to $275,000. That's what Robinson was making. But the search firm says they just haven't found a highly qualified candidate yet.

The Board of Education will meet to potentially extend the deadline tomorrow morning. 

Gov. Rick Scott wants to cut down on red tape for teachers. He says he’s ready to convene a group of school superintendents to come up with ways to cut back on unnecessary regulations. The announcement follows the governor’s week-long listening tour around the state.

Gov. Scott visited a dozen schools where he heard from teachers, administrators, and parents.

Merit pay based on standardized test scores was among their concerns. Scott says most everybody agreed that measuring student achievement is necessary.

The state Revenue Estimating Conference believes Florida just might end up with a budget surplus at the end of this fiscal year. So, what to do with the extra cash?

Governor Rick Scott promised last week to back increased spending in education if the state has enough money.

In an interview with WUSF the governor qualified that promise – with a lot of if’s.

Scott said, “So, if we have a growing revenue base and we’re able to control the growth rate of Medicaid.”

Gov. Scott says the cost of Medicaid grew 3.5 times the rate of revenue.