Shining a light on civil asset forfeiture reform
Shining a light on civil asset forfeiture reform
Mark Lisheron | April 04, 2016|   54
This year, if history holds, Texas law enforcement officers and prosecutors will pocket most of about $60 million in cash and property taken from people in asset seizures. Since the beginning of this century, criminal justice officials have vacuumed up more than half a billion dollars on the pretext of suspicion, no arrest or conviction […]
Four cities to get more low-cost broadband under Internet expansion plan
Four cities to get more low-cost broadband under Internet expansion plan
Johnny Kampis | March 31, 2016|   0
The move comes at a time when lawmakers seek to bridge a different Internet divide – between urban areas like Nashville and its surrounding rural areas.
Florida legislation could cause headaches for athletics
Amelia Hamilton | March 30, 2016|   7
A new bill in Florida would allow students to attend any public school in the state as long as that school has space available. This could be tricky for athletics, as students will be immediately eligible to play sports, even if the season has already started. That could allow a student to transfer from school to […]
Public school districts in Florida overspend, blame charters
Amelia Hamilton | March 09, 2016|   7
An op-ed in the Miami Herald looks at education spending in Florida, saying that school construction has exceeded its budget by more than $1.2 billion in recent years as they look to raise taxes for more funding. Meanwhile, the districts blame charter schools for the funding issues they face. The Herald asks “The question now is what […]
Closing time: Authorizers, policymakers strive to address charter school shutdowns
Closing time: Authorizers, policymakers strive to address charter school shutdowns
Heather Kays | March 03, 2016|   4
“As an authorizer, I'm fine with being responsible to and for these issues,” said Betley.
Florida offers best educational bang for buck
Amelia Hamilton | February 29, 2016|   0
When it comes to educational spending, a recent study has found that Florida has the best bang for the buck. The state’s increases in per-pupil spending have trailed several others, yet student learning gains over the last two decades suggest kids in Florida are getting the best return on investment. The study, produced by scholars from […]
Florida confronts question of who decides on charter schools
Heather Kays | February 18, 2016|   38
Does TD Bank get to decide if Wells Fargo can open a branch down the street? Can Starbucks nix a neighborhood  Dunkin’ Donuts? That’s essentially the situation in Florida and other states where local school boards can determine if a public charter school can open in their district or county. Some lawmakers are trying to change that. […]
Unique magnet schools serve all kinds of students with all kinds of interests
Amelia Hamilton | February 16, 2016|   2
We all know that education isn’t one-size-fits-all, and magnet schools are one way that public schools are able to engage students with unique interests. Rather than attend the school for which a student is zoned based on zip code, they can apply for magnet schools that are tailored to their specific interests. This provides opportunities for […]
Kasich promotes Obamacare expansion in Florida, South Carolina
Kasich promotes Obamacare expansion in Florida, South Carolina
Jason Hart | February 12, 2016|   85
Ohio Gov. John Kasich had a busy day Friday, advocating for Florida and South Carolina to expand Medicaid under President Obama's 2010 health law.
Scholarship students to teachers union: Be our valentines
Amelia Hamilton | February 12, 2016|   0
Florida’s largest teachers union has gone to court seeking to end scholarship tax credits. Scholarship students responded by stopping by the Florida Education Association offices with valentines and candies reading “#DropTheSuit.” “Today was really just about sweetness,” said Bob Bellafiore, a spokesperson for the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options. “These kids deserve the same chances that people of […]