A proposal to set up a new resiliency office directly under Gov. Ron DeSantis is headed to the governor. The Senate on Wednesday unanimously backed the measure (HB 7053), which had already been approved by the House and would carry out a priority of DeSantis. Sen. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, said the resiliency office

Education: Florida Law To Require Lessons On Victims Of Communism

Calling it a “blockbuster day for freedom,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will require public-school students to observe “Victims of Communism Day” on Nov. 7 each year. The new law, which went into effect immediately, describes the day as being geared…

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Leaked Opinion SCOTUS Roe V. Wade

SCOTUS Roe V. Wade Draft Ruling Ratchets Up Florida Debate

A leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision ignited a sense of urgency Tuesday among Florida Democrats while drawing praise from Republicans. Authored by Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. and supported by other members of the conservative…

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Following through on a recommendation from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the State Board of Education on Friday appointed Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. as Florida’s next education commissioner.

Sen. Manny Diaz Appointed Florida Education Commissioner

Following through on a recommendation from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the State Board of Education on Friday appointed Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. as Florida’s next education commissioner. Diaz, a Hialeah Republican, will replace Commissioner Richard Corcoran, who is stepping down effective Sunday. Diaz will assume the…

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Saying organizations that accredit colleges and universities have an “inordinate amount of power,” Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Tuesday that will force schools to periodically change accreditors.

Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Higher-Ed Accreditation, Tenure Changes

Saying organizations that accredit colleges and universities have an “inordinate amount of power,” Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Tuesday that will force schools to periodically change accreditors. The measure (SB 7044) also significantly changes the process of reviewing professors’ tenure, a provision that has…

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed 42 bills, including a heavily debated measure that will change staffing standards in nursing homes.

Florida Redistricting Fights Refueled After DeSantis’ Proposed Map

Little more than a month after lawmakers left Tallahassee, they’ll be back Tuesday for a special session to pass a congressional redistricting plan. DeSantis vetoed a congressional map approved during the regular session that ended March 14, triggering the need for a special session as…

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed 42 bills, including a heavily debated measure that will change staffing standards in nursing homes.

Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Bill To Bolster Foster Care

Saying that foster children in Florida “deserve an opportunity,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a bill that will increase payments to caregivers and provide foster parents with money for child-care programs. The measure (SB 7034) was approved by lawmakers during the legislative session that…

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The Free Press reviewed official records for the number of sexual offenders and sexual predators residing within a one-mile radius of University of South Florida campuses and off-site instructional sites.

Judge Refuses To Block Florida ‘Intellectual Freedom’ Surveys

Surveys aimed at gauging “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” on college and university campuses are on track to go out to students and employees Monday, after a federal judge refused to block the state from distributing the questionnaires. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on…

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Three days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the measure, LGBTQ-advocacy groups, parents, students and a teacher filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging a new law that includes barring instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in early school grades.

Florida Advocacy Group, Parents, And A Teacher File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Parental Rights Bill

Three days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the measure, LGBTQ-advocacy groups, parents, students, and a teacher filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging a new law that includes barring instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in early school grades. The lawsuit, filed in the federal…

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Hello, this is Governor Ron DeSantis. For unto us a child is born. For unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder. His name shall be called wonderful, counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father, the prince of peace. The first Christmas in America was celebrated just down the street from the Florida Capitol in what was then Spanish Florida.

“Throw The Bums Out” DeSantis Signs Bill That Caps Florida School Board Members’ Terms

Gov. Ron DeSantis appears to harbor some raw feelings about school boards that defied his efforts last year to bar districts from requiring students to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. DeSantis on Friday signed a bill (HB 1467) that, in part, will cap school…

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