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Times/Herald: Rick Scott Is Appointing Fewer Black Judges Than Charlie Crist And Jeb Bush

This week, The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald published a story looking at the number of African-American judges appointed under the Scott Administration compared to administrations before him. In short, Gov. Rick Scott is falling short of his predecessors.

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Big Sugar Plans Development In Potential Everglades Restoration Land

Environmental groups around the state are alarmed at U.S. Sugar’s plans to potentially develop huge tracts of land it owns in Hendry County, which might affect Everglades restoration efforts.

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Standardized Testing Issues Prompt Statewide Discussion

This week alone several local school boards held serious discussions on the issue of high-stakes and high-frequency testing, which critics say improperly penalizes students and takes up valuable classroom instruction time. However, no concrete action has been taken. Most school boards are wary of being penalized by the state for being non-compliant.

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More Florida Prison Guard Suspensions

As the state continues to deal with a slew of allegations of abuse and corruption in its prisons, another round of complaints have been filed and two prison guards in Florida have been suspended.

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Lee County Schools Becomes First District To Opt-Out of State-Mandated Testing

This week, the Lee County School board voted 3-2 to opt out of state-mandated standardized testing. The district became the first in the state, and possibly the country, to do so.

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Records Show Scott Administration Is Shielding Public Records

Records obtained by The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee bureau show Gov. Rick Scott’s office has been using private email and text messages to discuss state business and then shielded that communication from the state’s broad public records law.

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Judge Approves Florida’s New Congressional Map For 2016

A circuit court judge in Tallahassee ruled Friday the state’s troubled congressional map will be in place for the upcoming election. Judge Terry Lewis also approved a new map the state legislature drew earlier this month during a special session.

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Miami Herald Reporting Prompts Policy Changes In Florida Prisons

After months of scathing reports, Florida’s Department of Corrections announced it will begin implementing a series of reforms within the state’s prisons. The changes are aimed at improving how guards treat mentally-ill inmates, as well as increase transparency in instances where things go wrong.

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Treasure Coast Newspaper Delves Into Scott’s Environmental Record

A Scripps-owned newspaper covering Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties published an in-depth look at Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental record during the past few years. The report looks at the effect of deregulation on the state’s ecology.

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Federal Program Fails To Keep Mentally Ill From Guns

While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains the only square inch of compromise between the nation’s divided gun camps, the costly federal program is failing to keep guns away from the dangerously mentally ill.

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