Monday, February 17, 2020
Last week, the U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 28 grants to address the needs of new farmers, small to mid-sized farms, small processors and small fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers.
“Once more, Florida’s students have demonstrated their serious commitment to education as they continue to place third in the nation in Advance Placement (AP) test results,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis. “High school graduates who succeed in these AP courses are on the path to personal, academic and professional success and should be congratulated.”
“I’m pleased to launch the Northeast Florida FinTech Initiative in conjunction with Florida State College at Jacksonville and St. John’s River State College,” said DeSantis. “This innovative collaboration to provide new FinTech-related training and certifications will help equip Floridians with skills in demand by Northeast Florida’s growing FinTech industry.”
At the end of December, the U.S. Senate passed Rubio’s version of the bill, which has presidential hopeful U.S Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., as the main cosponsor, without opposition. Dunn was able to get his version, which had U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., as a cosponsor, through the House at the end of last month without opposition.
Rubio has paired with Max Schachter, the father of a victim in the Parkland school shooting and the founder and CEO of Safe Schools for Alex, on helping create a federal clearinghouse.
These new standards are a result of the governor’s continued opposition to Common Core. At the start of last year, DeSantis issued an executive order “outlining a path for Florida to improve its education system by eliminating Common Core and paving the way for Florida students to receive a world-class education to prepare them for jobs of the future.”
According to the institute, the report, labeled “Florida Charter Schools: Not as Good, Or as Bad, as Advertised,” offered mixed marks on charter schools delivering “both good and not good news to critics and supporters of charter schools alike” since, “in terms of segregation, location and student performance, charter schools are very similar to traditional schools.”
Bilirakis, the top Republican on the U.S. House VA Economic Opportunities Subcommittee, brought out the “Streamlining GI Bill Processing Act” this week with U.S. Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., the chairman of the subcommittee, as a cosponsor. 
From term limits for school board members, to the Florida Lottery, here's a look at those that made "the list."
First introduced in 2018 by Frankel and U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., the congresswomen brought the proposal back this year and reeled in more than 110 cosponsors.