NEW EDUCATION COMMISSIONER: Tony Bennett was Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana for one term. He lost his re-election bid in November 2012, and was appointed Florida's schools chief by Gov. Rick Scott.
Editor's Note: Shortly after Tony Bennett began as the state's Education Commissioner last December, he sat down with WLRN's former StateImpact reporter Sarah Gonzalez. They talked about his time as head of Indiana's school system and what plans he had for Florida's.
Tony Bennett drove from Indiana over the weekend to start his first day as schools chief in Florida on Monday.
Last month the State Board of Education hired Bennett, a Republican who served as Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction for one term.
More than two years after Florida lawmakers passed a controversial plan to transform the Medicaid system, it's showtime.
As of Thursday, about 9,300 central Florida residents who need long-term care --- the vast majority of them seniors --- will become the first participants in a statewide move to enroll almost all Medicaid beneficiaries in HMOs and other types of managed-care plans.
Meredith Tise, a graduate anthropology student at the University of South Florida, measures the depth of a trench dug at the site of the cemetery last May, as the university looks for signs of unmarked graves.
University of South Florida researchers have gone over the head of the state agency secretary who denied their request to exhume human remains from gravesites at the closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are expected to approve a land-use agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection that will give the researchers one year to search for reportedly unaccounted-for bodies of boys who died between 1900 and 1952 at the one-time "high risk" reform school.
Miami doesn’t have a lot of public spaces. Experts say things like parks and plazas are in short supply, and that might hurt the city’s ability to attract and retain talented workers.
In order to change that, the Miami Foundation is trying out something new. It's holding a contest for ideas to make more public space in the county and awarding $100,000 in prize money to implement the best ideas.
Florida legislators recently enacted what they call a safety net that ensures no school's performance drops more than one letter under the state's grading system. But despite students' academic improvement, there are a record number of F-rated schools this year.
An "A" was always the gold standard. Every student knows that the better the grade, the greater the reward, whether the reward is a gold star, a trophy or a scholarship.
It’s no different for schools. Since 1999, Florida schools have worked to measure student learning gains and to objectively measure teacher and school performance. An "A" school brings recognition, prestige and financial gain.
Add U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to those opposing shared education standards fully adopted by Florida and 44 other states.
The standards, known as Common Core, have been under fire from those on the political right and left. Conservatives argue the federal government coerced states with money to adopt the standards, undermining local control of education. Those on the left protest increased testing.
Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO is fighting a bill in the state legislature that would ban county living-wage ordinances. The bill has already passed the House and a less sweeping version is moving through Senate committees.
Combine two hot-weather refreshments, beer and ice cream, and you get a beer milkshake. Depending on your perspective, this beverage may sound either intriguing or alarming, but two restaurants in the Keys pull of the mash-up successfully.