Florida's subsidized child care programs for the working poor have 68,000 kids on their waiting lists. And as the state tries to help, it has only muddied the waters. 

In late June, just before the new budget year, Florida's 31 early learning coalitions got the news: changes in their funding. One of the biggest losers was the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, which lost $3.7 million, starting six days later. 1,000 kids lost their child care. The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend lost $600,000. Executive director Lauren Faison saved the kids' places but had to cut support for the providers.

Governor Rick Scott on Monday issued a challenge to Florida's twenty-eight state colleges: Come up with four-year degrees that are both affordable and will get the graduate a job.

State colleges are the schools that used to be known as community colleges.

Scott, who opposes tuition increases, told WCOA Radio in Pensacola he's asked the colleges to come up with options.

Florida's 31 early learning coalitions have united against a new funding formula they say was crafted without their input and imposed on short notice.

Both the winners and losers are asking the state Office of Early Learning to freeze the current formula and review it before making more cuts.

Veteran Graduates Reintegration Program

Nov 21, 2012

The Allied Veterans Center in Jacksonville held a graduation ceremony Tuesday for the first vet to complete its Passport to Independence program. The 6-month long program helps troubled vets re-adjust to civilian life.

The Allied Veterans Center gives homeless veterans a place to live while they learn to navigate the civilian world. Iraqi War veteran, First Class Petty Officer Randy Wolffis says he was alone and living in a tent when he heard about the center and enrolled in its Passport program.

StateImpact: Jeb Bush Talks Education

Nov 19, 2012

45 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to implement new school curriculum and standardized tests. It's called Common Core and it'll replace Florida's FCAT.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is a big supporter of Common Core, and has been pushing this and other reform efforts around the country.

Education reporter Sarah Gonzalez with our StateImpact Florida team sat down with the conservative education advocate to talk about his national agenda.