State Rep. Randy Fine

FL and other states are set to rake in new gambling revenue; who will benefit?

BY: - July 20, 2021

The American king and queen of gambling destinations are Las Vegas and Atlantic City, which rake in nearly $10 billion a year in gross gaming revenue, according to the American Gaming Association. But gambling wealth does not necessarily translate into prosperity for all. Gambling activities and public education funding are often linked — an ideal […]

FL Legislature approves major cuts in dollars for affordable housing, amid COVID-19 and housing crisis

BY: - April 9, 2021

Residents from Florida’s most vulnerable populations rely on affordable housing programs to buy a home, pay rent, and afford costly home repairs and construction. But those programs are now threatened by state lawmakers who have pushed to permanently cut a significant chunk of money for the state’s affordable housing fund. Those dollars come from documentary […]

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Tens of thousands of FL students are unaccounted for during the pandemic. Where are they?

BY: - January 29, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic upended schools in the 2019-20 academic year, student enrollment was expected to go down. In fact, across all districts, Florida’s 2020-21 school population has dropped by nearly 70,000 students compared to last school year, according to Florida Department of Education data. Now, educators and lawmakers are trying to figure out where […]

One Goal, One Voice? DeSantis and Fried go their separate ways with separate COVID video campaigns

BY: - August 3, 2020

Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried announced a series of consumer awareness campaigns intending to unite Floridians in response to COVID-19 in a press conference Monday. In a “nonpartisan, bilingual, multi-channel awareness campaign,” Be SMART Florida is a campaign that stands for “Social distance, Mask up, Avoid crowds, Remember to wash or sanitize hands, and Throw away disposable items like […]

Ocoee massacre education bill did not include reparations and may not be in school curriculum for awhile

BY: - June 26, 2020

In frank comments about African-American legislation in Florida, State Sen. Randolph Bracy, who is a Black man, said he thinks that some Republicans  “have a concern with having their names attached to reparations for African Americans.” “Some people are concerned about the political fallout,” Bracy said in a phone interview Friday with the Florida Phoenix. […]

COMMENTARY

Florida Republicans remain doggedly clueless about higher education

BY: - March 3, 2020

OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – Florida Republicans’ disdain for education is matched only by their ignorance of how education works. That doesn’t stop them from screwing around with curricula, micro-managing teachers, and undermining knowledge in their attempts to produce generation upon generation of pliant church-going consumer-cogs in the profit engine, unencumbered by critical thinking. The core education […]

Higher education bill in FL threatens New College’s independence: ‘We have an identity we created.’

BY: - February 25, 2020

Update: Following a lengthy debate over the merger of New College with the University of Florida on Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee voted, 17-11, to advance the bill. News about lawmakers attempting to merge New College of Florida with another public university came as a bombshell to Steven Keshishian, a third-year student. The last-minute merger […]