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Feds say hospital funding deal reached ‘in principle’

Feds say hospital funding deal reached ‘in principle’

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After months of wrangling about the issue, a top federal official Tuesday outlined a deal to continue Florida's Low Income Pool health-funding program for two years. Federal official Vikki Wachino sent a letter to state Medicaid director Justin [...]

Gov. Scott vetoes $461 million in the FY16 budget, including Airport and National Flight Academy (updated)

Gov. Scott vetoes $461 million in the FY16 budget, including Airport and National Flight Academy (updated)

The list of line-item vetoes by Gov. Rick Scott has been released the cuts total $461,387,164 --$220 million of which is from General Revenues. Northwest Florida projects impacted include: City of Milton - Riverwalk $688,713 National Flight Academy $1 million Pensacola International Airport [...]

Lingering issues raise possibility of another session

Lingering issues raise possibility of another session

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Officially, as of Tuesday, there will be 85 days left until the Legislature returns to the Capitol for committee meetings and 203 days left until the 2016 legislative session begins. But even as a special session to deal with the state budget [...]

Escambia deputy receives heroism award

Escambia deputy receives heroism award

Today Escambia County Deputy Kerem Suhi will be awarded the Governor's Medal of Heroism by Governor Rick Scott in Tallahassee. In March 2013, Deputy Suhi pulled Sgt. Shedrick Johnson to safety after Sgt. Johnson was shot in the leg by a robbery suspect. As the suspect pointed his gun at Deputy [...]

Lovett and other Bay County staff part ways with Newpoint

Lovett and other Bay County staff part ways with Newpoint

WJHG TV reports that Carla Lovett, vice president of Curriculum for Newpoint Education Partners and Cambridge Education Group, has severed her ties with NEP for whom she has worked since June 20083 Lovett and the staff at Palm Bay Preparatory Academy will take over the management of the Bay [...]

State may require charter school operators to give more history

State may require charter school operators to give more history

The Florida Board of Education will consider on Wednesday an amendment to charter school applications that would require operators to disclose their history with other charter schools. Applicants, board members and management companies would be required to list all charter schools they've been [...]

Florida voters not too crazy for Scott or Florida Legislature

Florida voters not too crazy for Scott or Florida Legislature

We may have found the reason for Scott's campaign-like "Victory Tour." The News Service of Florida reports: About half of Florida voters disapprove of the way Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers are handling their jobs, while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson get higher marks, [...]

UWF moves up to fifth in performance

UWF moves up to fifth in performance

The University of West Florida has jumped from 12th to 5th in the state's performance based funding (PBF) measurement system. Dr. Judy Bense sent out this letter: Dear Colleagues, In 2014, the Florida Board of Governors introduced a new performance based funding (PBF) measurement system for [...]

Newpoint Education has attendance problems in Ohio, too

Newpoint Education has attendance problems in Ohio, too

When School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas recommended that Escambia County School Board terminate the contracts for Newpoint Pensacola High and Newpoint Academy, his staff pointed out the poor record keeping for attendance as one issue among the litany of their problems. Newpoint Education [...]

Florida League of Cities announces Municipal Achievement Awards

Florida League of Cities announces Municipal Achievement Awards

The Florida League of Cities today announced the following cities as winners of its 7th Annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards: City Spirit Award -City of Orange City; Florida Citizenship Award - City of Fort Lauderdale; and Environmental Stewardship Award - Village of Pinecrest & City of [...]

NC schools cut ties to Newpoint Education Partners

NC schools cut ties to Newpoint Education Partners

Two North Carolina charter schools seeking approval to open in 2016 have dropped Newpoint Education Partners (NEP) as their management company. Pine Springs Preparatory Academy and Cape Fear Preparatory Academy had their charter applications sent back to the state's Charter School Advisory Board [...]

Governor signs law with stricter penalties for crooked politicians

Governor signs law with stricter penalties for crooked politicians

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) that requires judges to order restitution and 250 hours of community service for public officers caught taking bribes or misusing their office was signed into law last week. Reporter Tom McLauglin interviewed Gaetz [...]

Newpoint used Bay County funds for Pensacola schools

Newpoint used Bay County funds for Pensacola schools

The Panama City News Herald reports that Newpoint Education Partners violated Florida Department of Education rules. The Bay County School District's staff found that 80 items purchased with charter school program funds were delivered to Newpoint Schools in Escambia County. Sixty-five computers, [...]

Scott visits Apple Market today as part of his ‘Victory Tour’

Scott visits Apple Market today as part of his ‘Victory Tour’

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott is visiting seven Florida cities on his “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” Tax Cut Victory Tour to celebrate more than $400 million in tax cuts for Florida families. The "Victory Tour" started in Fort Myers at 8:30 a.m. He then hits Miami, Greenacres, St. Petersburg, [...]

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