Standardized Testing Issues Prompt Statewide Discussion

Standardized Testing Issues Prompt Statewide Discussion

September 12, 2014

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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Published in Blog, Education, Government, Politics

More Florida Prison Guard Suspensions

More Florida Prison Guard Suspensions

September 9, 2014

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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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Open Records, Politics

New York Times: Florida Police Aren’t Being Prosecuted For Deadly Force

New York Times: Florida Police Aren’t Being Prosecuted For Deadly Force

September 8, 2014

The New York Times reported last week that the state of Florida is not prosecuting police when they use lethal force. In fact, according to the Times, “in the past 20 years, not a single officer in Florida has been charged with using deadly force.”

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Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Justice

We’ve Been Down — Our Apologies

We’ve Been Down — Our Apologies

September 5, 2014

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting’s website was temporarily taken down last week due to technical problems, which have now been resolved. We regret the service interruption.

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The Miami Herald Uncovers Secret Governor’s Mansion Project

The Miami Herald Uncovers Secret Governor’s Mansion Project

August 30, 2014

Mary Ellen Klas of The Miami Herald has revealed another round of documents that shows Gov. Rick Scott’s office routinely used private email accounts, thus skirting the state’s public records laws. This time there’s a paper trail showing Scott’s people took a project out of the public eye.

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Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Open Records

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

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

August 29, 2014

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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Published in Blog, Education, Government, Politics

Records Show Scott Administration Is Shielding Public Records

Records Show Scott Administration Is Shielding Public Records

August 26, 2014

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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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

Judge Approves Florida’s New Congressional Map For 2016

Judge Approves Florida’s New Congressional Map For 2016

August 25, 2014

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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Published in Blog, Government, Politics

Miami Herald Reporting Prompts Policy Changes In Florida Prisons

Miami Herald Reporting Prompts Policy Changes In Florida Prisons

August 21, 2014

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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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics

Treasure Coast Newspaper Delves Into Scott’s Environmental Record

Treasure Coast Newspaper Delves Into Scott’s Environmental Record

August 20, 2014

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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Published in Blog, Environment, Government, Journalism, Politics

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