Miami-Dade County is eligible for more money than any other county in the state budget -- $1.8 billion. That makes the county more susceptible to budget vetoes before the budget goes into effect in July.
The Florida Legislature handed Gov. Rick Scott a record election-year budget of $77.1 billion. Scott has the final say over the budget and can cut funding for programs at will. Miami-Dade has more line items in the budget than any other county, but all of them could be slashed with the veto pen.
Florida teachers and education groups sued over a change in state law that enables districts to tie evaluations to student performance. A federal judge says the state’s way of evaluating teachers is constitutional.
The law was passed in 2011. It allows some teachers to be evaluated based on test scores of students who aren’t in their class. They can also be judged based on test results in subject areas they don't even teach.
Tallahassee is full of lobbyists, and they’re in high gear at the Capitol for the final week of the legislative session.
A lobbyist is someone who is hired by a company or organization to convince lawmakers to pass legislation benefiting their clients.
Long-time lobbyist Jack Cory doesn’t stop moving much during the session. His firm’s two-dozen clients include the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Florida Citrus Sports, and the Florida and National Greyhound Associations.