Category Archives: State & Local Politics

Senator Garcia and Representative Duran File Bill to Expand College Tuition Fee Exemption Eligibility for Students in Out-of-Home Care

Miami, FL –   (R-Miami) and Representative Nicholas X. Duran (D-Miami) filed legislation, Senate Bill 304 and House Bill 203, Student Fee Exemptions, which clarify and expand qualifications for the existing postsecondary tuition and fee exemption for students who are raised in out-of-home care. “This legislation corrects a missing piece of the tuition waiver that was brought to President Simpson’s attention by a…

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Senator Berman and Representative Davis File Legislation to Advance Racial Equity

 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State Senator Lori Berman (D-Boynton Beach) and State Representative Tracie Davis (D-Jacksonville) recently filed SB 388 and HB 221 to make Florida a national exemplar in reconciling with inequities and historical injustices by creating the executive Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The legislation directs the Office, headed by the Chief Diversity Officer, to coordinate with agencies and create a strategic plan…

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Orange County Clerk’s Office Hosts Clerks Against Domestic Violence Workshop

Orlando – In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell reminds the community that the Clerk’s Office is a local resource for those affected directly and indirectly by domestic violence. As part of this, we will be hosting a virtual Clerks Against Domestic Violence Workshop in partnership with Harbor…

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Representative Kristen Arrington and Senator Randolph Bracy Introduce Legislation to Improve Guidance Services

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Yesterday, Representative Kristen Arrington (D- Kissimmee) introduced HB 229, an Act to require guidance counselors to advise public middle and high school students of all educational opportunities available to them to gain skills that are in demand in the labor market and how to prepare to obtain post-secondary degrees in technical fields. The legislation in the…

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Representative Angie Nixon on Florida’s Failure to Draw Down COVID-19 Relief Funds for Public Education

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In order to help all states reopen schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden administration announced an allocation of more than $122 billion in relief for pre-k to 12 schools. Florida is the only state not to apply for a remaining available allocation of $2.3 billion. In addition, according to the US Department of Education,…

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Statement from Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz as Some Teachers’ DeSantis-Signed Checks Bounce

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Source: Florida Democratic Party // Friday, the Florida Department of Education confirmed that at least fifty physical bonus checks issued to Florida educators drawing on funds from the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan were “impacted” by a banking error that caused some teacher’s checks to be returned for insufficient funds.   In…

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