John Thrasher, Rick Scott's Campaign Chair, Picked as FSU's Next President: Here's Why People Are Angry

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John Thrasher has held a lot of positions in his life: speaker of the Florida House, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, lobbyist, chairman of Rick Scott's reelection campaign, and current state senator.

Yesterday the Florida State University Board of Trustees voted 11-2 to appoint Thrasher as the 15th president of the school. Once the state university system's board of governors approves the choice (generally seen as a formality), the 70-year-old Thrasher will resign from the senate and Scott's campaign to take over the president's office.

Supporters see him as a proven leader whose connections to Florida power will help the school raise the money that will return it to academic prominence.

Others see Thrasher as a Republican good ol' boy who is trading in his connections for a cushy job for which he has no experience.

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University of Miami Makes Playboy's List of Top Ten Party Schools

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University of Miami students or party animals?
Donna Shalala hasn't even left yet, but already the University of Miami's party school reputation is back. Playboy released its list of the top ten party schools this year, and the University of Miami comes in at number seven.

See also: Donna Shalala Announces Plans to Retire From University of Miami

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Three Miami-Dade Charter Schools Make Newsweek's Best High School List

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Three Miami-Dade high schools cracked the Top 100 in Newsweek's annual high school ranking list, and they're all charter schools.

Newsweek actually split its rankings into two lists this year: a general top high schools list, and a list for the 100 best schools for low-income students. No Miami schools made the low-income list.

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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

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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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