Richard Corcoran

DeSantis orders revamp of Florida academic standards

DeSantis orders revamp of Florida academic standards

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Jan. 31 to eliminate Common Core from Florida’s education system. The move has received praise from state and local education officials. Executive order 19-32, titled “Commitment to Eliminating Common Core, Ensuring High-Quality Academic Standards and Raising the Bar for Civic Literacy,” calls for the review and revision of […]

Governor suspends Northwest Florida school superintendent

Governor suspends Northwest Florida school superintendent

Tallahassee – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending a school superintendent from office after being urged to so by the state’s new education commissioner. DeSantis removed Okaloosa County School Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson from office Friday and replaced Jackson with Marcus Chambers, an assistant superintendent with the northwest Florida school district. The Republican governor said […]

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Santa Rosa officials bristled at the recent scolding they received from House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the financial practices of the county’s Tourist Development Office. But they rejected a first impulse to fire off a terse letter to Corcoran—deciding instead to invite him here to prove the transparency with which the county handles its annual […]

House Speaker scolds tourism office

House Speaker scolds tourism office

Santa Rosa officials have sidestepped the volunteer Tourist Development Council to revoke the county’s longtime membership in the state’s leisure industry marketing agency–Visit Florida–prompting a warning from state House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Corcoran described the move led by County Tourism Director Julie Morgan as a “futile attempt to shield financial information from public scrutiny” in […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

CARICATURE ARTIST GUILTY OF STABBING CO-WORKER AT THEME PARK Local news outlets report that 35-year-old Fredrick Torres was found guilty Thursday of attempted first-degree murder. He will be sentenced Oct. 12. Glenn Ferguson testified Wednesday that Torres attacked him repeatedly with a pair of scissors and his fists at Universal Islands of Adventure on New […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 6

NEW DEAL: FLORIDA AND SEMINOLES SETTLE BLACKJACK DISPUTE The two sides agreed Wednesday to end an ongoing lawsuit over whether the tribe can keep blackjack tables at its well-known casinos in the state. The settlement will allow the tribe to keep blackjack but will also guarantee that the state will continue to receive payments. Last […]

Budget cuts send chill through tourist industry

Budget cuts send chill through tourist industry

Tallahassee budget cuts could have negative economic impacts close to home. Despite far higher proposals by Gov. Rick Scott, state economic development partnership Enterprise Florida and tourism marketing agency Visit Florida will see sharp funding reductions under the budget passed last week by the Florida House of Representatives and Senate. Read the full article in […]

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

State dollars dedicated to helping Florida’s highest poverty schools achieve academic success could have to stretch a little farther thanks to legislation passed by the Florida House of Representatives last week. The new legislation, HB 7101, would require the district to allocate a larger percentage of Title I dollars directly to a larger number of […]

Fear of lawmakers’ retribution questioned

Fear of lawmakers’ retribution questioned

Don’t be a “Fraidy Cat.” That’s what current and former lawmakers advise in response to the recent timidity of Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Rob Williamson about supporting resolutions that oppose bills backed by influential Tallahassee legislators. Williamson expressed concerns twice last week about two requests for board resolutions—written statements in disagreement with proposed new […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 22

FLORIDA HOUSE PUSHES AHEAD WITH BID TO DISMANTLE PROGRAMS A divided House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would eliminate Enterprise Florida and cut back spending on tourism advertising. The contentious legislation moves to the full House, which is expected to take up the bill in March. The measure is a top priority […]