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Florida school choice threatened if Democrats win, PAC claims, Sean Shaw draws fire on school choice, Nikki Fried focuses on guns and medical marijuana and constitutional amendments become confusing.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart Makes November ‘Family Engagement in Education’ Month

Family Engagement in Education Month not only brings awareness to the crucial role of parents and families, it provides schools and communities the opportunity to show appreciation to those who support student success at home and school.

Florida State Board of Education Keeps Pam Stewart as Commissioner

State Board of Education Chairwoman Marva Johnson praised Stewart for her efforts. 

Debate Analysis: Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum Take Off the Gloves

The two men who want to be the next governor of Florida left nothing on the table in their final debate in Davie on Wednesday night which was televised to a statewide audience.
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Florida Lottery Sent $34 Billion into Education Over Past 30 Years

Those funds have included more than $11.6 billion for public schools across the Sunshine State. Florida’s colleges and universities have received more than $8.4 billion.

Stephanie Murphy, Mike Miller Spar in Final Debate of Central Florida Congressional Race

The hotly contested district is generally split between Democrats and Republicans with both parties seeing it as a bellwether of where the nation will go after November.
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Marco Rubio Focuses on the Damage from Hurricane Michael

Rubio surveyed the damage on Monday and Tuesday. 

Pam Bondi Launches School Safety App for Students

Bondi joined up with Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen and Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to unveil Fortify Florida on Monday. 

With Hurricane Michael in the Gulf, FSU to Close for the Week

Based on the most recent forecast on Hurricane Michael from the National Hurricane Center, on Monday, Florida State University (FSU) announced it will close for the week effective 12:01 A.M. Tuesday, Oct. 9.
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Barack Obama Endorses Andrew Gillum to be Florida’s Next Governor

Recent polls have shown Gillum ahead of DeSantis though the Democrats have not won a gubernatorial election in Florida since 1994 when incumbent Gov. Lawton Chiles edged future Gov. Jeb Bush. 

Donald Trump Signs Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’ s Proposal to Let Cancer Patients Defer on Public...

Modeling her proposal off of Ros-Lehtinen’s and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s, R-Col., “Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act,” U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., was able to include a provision allowing the deferments as part of the minibus.
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Jimmy Patronis Showcases Prepaid College Program, Calls on Legislature to Hold the Line on...

With the Prepaid College Board meeting, Patronis’ office noted that “data now shows that student loan debt is a $1.5 trillion crisis, with an average student in the Class of 2016 owing more than $37,000 and a default rate of more than 10 percent” and urged families to use the Prepaid College Program.
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