Rick Scott Proposes Raising Education Spending to $232 Per Student

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Rick Scott announced plans this morning to raise per student spending on education in the state to its highest levels ever.

Interestingly, the announcement came just a week after likely Democratic challenger Charlie Crist criss-crossed the state in a yellow school bus reminding people how much Scott had slashed education spending in the first place.

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Florida Rep Worried Common Core Testing Will Turn Your Kid "as Homosexual as They Possibly Can"

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Apparently the key to being as homosexual as you can possibly be is standardized math tests. Who knew? That's what Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant declared in a speech railing against the Common Core basic educational standards.

As far as we know Common Core does not involve crazy things like numerators bottoming for denominators.

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Florida's 12th-Graders Are Really, Really Bad at Math

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Only 20 percent of Florida's 12th-graders in public schools are considered proficient at math. For those of you bad at math, that means only one out of five. For those of you really, really bad at math, pick your favorite member of One Direction and pretend he's the only one who is good at math. The rest of them kind of suck at it.

According to The Nation's Report Card, released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Florida lags 7 points behind the country's average.

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FSU Students Worried About Billionaire Koch's Influence Over the School

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A cartoon painting of Charles Koch, the man who bought FSU's economics department.
Florida State University's president is on his way out, and students are naturally concerned about what the departure might mean for their school. Except this time, the leadership transition also involves questions about the influence of oh, you know, conservative billionaire and Possibly the Most Reviled Political Donor in America Charles Koch.

See also: FSU Whores Out Its Econ Department To Billionaire Activist Koch Brothers

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Coral Reef Senior High Teacher Banned From Obama Speech for Social Media Posts

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Randall Scott says his First Amendment rights were taken away because of his social media posts.
Coral Reef Senior High Principal Adrianne Leal asked her teachers not to post anything on social media before President Obama visited her school last Friday. But for history teacher Randall Scott, holding back was not an option. The birther, who calls himself a "Republican Extremist," wasn't about to self-censor. This refusal to cooperate with his boss' request caused the Secret Service to ban him from Obama's speech, he says, and embarrass himself in front of his students.

The 15-year Miami-Dade County Public Schools veteran has Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts that exist almost solely to pan the president. Some of his remarks are juvenile and harmless, such as the ones in which he refers to Obama as the "bogus POTUS."

Other messages have a little more attitude. One recent Instagram upload is a CNN image of Russian tanks in the Ukraine, accompanied by the caption "Almost makes me want to be Russian. I guess their leaders have balls." He follows with his favorite saying: "Obama is a PUSSY."

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Two Years After Trayvon's Death, Miamians March and Mourn Prospects for Reform

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A crowd of twenty-somethings congregated in front of the Miami-Dade Courthouse last night adorned in black hoodies and somber faces. Wednesday marked the second anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, the local teen whose shooting by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman sent shockwaves across the nation. And as Florida's Stand Your Ground law keeps the state in the news this week for all the wrong reasons, the crowd mourned both Martin and the prospects for reform.

"This event serves as a reminder, a reminder to never forget," said Gerald Jean-Baptiste, a Miami native and English as a Second Language Instructor at Miami Edison Senior High School. "I am Trayvon Martin, our students are Trayvon Martin and it's important that we have conversations like this with them."

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Dr. Alexis Martinez, Regional Schools Superintendent, Arrested After Mysterious Shooting

Categories: Crime, Education

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The man in charge of administering the southern region of Miami-Dade schools has been temporarily reassigned following an arrest after a bizarre shooting earlier this month.

On February 7, Dr. Alexis Martinez was involved in an incident at a home on SW 94th Place. Neighbors tell CBS 4 that they heard a gunshot followed by a woman's screams.

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Superintendent Carvalho Invites Minister to Talk About Abstinence in Schools, Forgets Long-Ago Scandal (UPDATED)

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Che Scott wants to teach a generation of young men to be wholesome, chaste and respectful.
Che Scott is a very good-looking man who has not had sex in 10 years. As a 21-year-old UM football player, Scott took a vow of abstinence. The now-minister and chaplain for the Heat doesn't plan on sleeping with anyone again until he's married, out of respect for his future wife. At 31, he's written a book called I Like Girls about a lifestyle that he refers to as "Honor" or the "New Guy Code."

Thursday night, Scott spoke to about 60 people at Books & Books in Coral Gables. Well-meaning moms and dads filled fold-up chairs, hoping to learn how they could use I Like Girls to prevent their teenagers from turning into jackasses. And although his message of chastity and restraint is likely to fall on many deaf ears in Miami -- and especially in the Heat locker room -- there was one South Florida contingent who was clearly listening at the event. Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was there to take in the talk, flanked by school board members Susie Castillo and Carlos Curbelo.

See also: Carvalho's Liaison

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A Sixth of Miami-Dade School Bus Drivers Didn't Show Up to Work Today

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Hundreds of school bus drivers didn't show up to work today in Miami-Dade, leaving some students stranded at their bus stops. About one sixth of drivers decided to skip their duties today in a protest over pay and benefits.

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Dade Medical College President Ernesto Perez Indicted For Lying About Past Assault on a Child

Categories: Crime, Education

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Today, Ernesto Perez is the president of for-profit Dade Medical College, but back in the early '90s Perez was known as "Rhett O'Neil," an almost-rock star.

Perez has twice been appointed by governors to serve on the Commission on Independent Education, but in both cases failed to disclose his conviction on charges of sexual assault of a child -- the details of which were first reported by Miami New Times.

Today, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle indicted Perez for lying about those charges while expunging his record in Miami.

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