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Teachers Skeptical of Scott Education Funding

Governor Rick Scott wants more money for education, but teachers are skeptical. The governor announced Thursday he’ll increase per student spending to the highest level in state history. Scott says he’ll call for a $232 increase in per student spending when the Legislature reconvenes in the spring. That’s an overall funding increase for public schools of about $700 million. Joanne McCall of the Florida Education Association says the proposal is politically motivated. “The session will not occur until after this general election, so what’s to say he will hold true to this promise? He has had four years to show us he has cared about the kids of this state, and he has shown us we have not been a …
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Darryl Owens | Florida’s Mental Health Care In ‘Shameful’ State

https://wmfeimages.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/DarrylOwens082114.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe death of Robin Williams earlier this month prompted expressions of sorrow and fond tributes from celebrities and fans alike. It has also opened up discussion about depression and mental illness, difficult topics that sometimes still carry a social stigma. In the wake of Williams’ suicide, Orlando Sentinel columnist and editorial writer Darryl Owens is reflecting on the state of mental health care in Florida. He says the spotlight now illuminating the issue is revealing failures in Florida’s mental health care …
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