The Florida Legislature faces the difficult task of funding the country’s third largest state on a shoestring.  Lawmakers are putting their noses to the grindstone.

The future could get a little brighter for some Florida college students. There’s a growing consensus to increase awards for some of the state’s highest academic performers. Legislative and state leaders seem to be in agreement when it comes to lowering the cost of higher ed.
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A report looking at health care for children in every Florida county finds the state ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to the quality of healthcare available to kids.

The report, released this week from Florida Kids Count (a joint program through the Florida Department of Child & Family Studies and the University of South Florida) looked at economics, education, and family and community factors. 

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Many immigrant students in Collier County continue to be re-directed to language programs at technical colleges, rather than enrolled in public high school classes. It's a practice the Southern Poverty Law Center alleges in a lawsuit brought last year denies the students an education and the chance to build credits toward a high school diploma.
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It's a process wholly unique to Florida, and it happens once every 20 years: a group of Floridians assemble to review the state’s constitution and recommend changes. It’s called the Constitution Revision Commission, and nearly all members of the 37-person commission are picked by Florida's governor, the state's Senate President and Speaker of the House, and the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court