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Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a state government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She has been with the Miami Herald since 2006. Her previous beats include breaking news, the Miami-Dade school district and Miami City Hall. She holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (850) 222-3095

Email: kmcgrory@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @kmcgrory

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  1. Support for Common Core could cost Jeb Bush in a GOP primary

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Jeb Bush never wavered in his support for the Common Core state standards — not even after the education benchmarks became a target for tea party groups decrying federal overreach in education.

    That may hurt the former Florida governor, who has said he is considering a run for the White House.

    Bush would find himself in a crowded field of Republican candidates, some of whom — along with ardent conservatives nationwide — have stepped up their attacks on Common Core....

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has played a key role in setting the nation’s education agenda since leaving the governor’s office.
  2. Nation's new top doctor has Florida ties

    Health

    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy got his start as a standout student at Miami Palmetto Senior High.

    Before Vivek Murthy was confirmed as surgeon general of the United States, he was the valedictorian at Miami Palmetto Senior High.

    Murthy was just 16 years old when he graduated from the Pinecrest school with a 6.09 GPA. His accomplishments won him a prestigious Silver Knight award in general scholarship, and admission to Harvard University....

  3. FSU case another big one for state Supreme Court Justice Major Harding

    Politics

    TALLAHASSEE — He wrote hefty opinions on abortion and death-penalty appeals, and weighed in on the recount of the controversial 2000 presidential election.

    But now retired state Supreme Court Justice Major Harding faces a different kind of high-profile case.

    Harding will decide this week whether Florida State's Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, violated the university's code of student conduct. Winston is accused of sexually assaulting a classmate in 2012. He has said the encounter in question was consensual and denies wrongdoing....

    Should a decision find that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston broke Winston broke the code of student conduct, he could be barred from next month’s college football playoffs, jeopardizing Florida State’s chances of winning a second consecutive national title. Such a decision might also hurt Winston’s chances of being selected in the first round of the National Football League draft.
  4. Feds: Florida scholarship program does not violate anti-discrimination laws

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida did not violate anti-discrimination laws by using standardized test scores to award Bright Futures scholarships, the U.S. Department of Education has found.

    The department's Office for Civil Rights had been investigating the Bright Futures program, which awards college scholarships based on grade point averages and SAT or ACT scores, among other factors. The inquiry was based on allegations that the eligibility criteria had the effect of discriminating against Hispanic and African-American students....

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, said he was glad federal authorities had ended the "baseless investigation."
  5. Feds conclude probe into Bright Futures scholarships

    Blog

    Florida did not violate anti-discrimination laws by using standardized test scores to award Bright Futures scholarships, the U.S. Department of Education has found.

    The department’s Office for Civil Rights had been investigating the Bright Futures program, which awards college scholarships based on grade point average and SAT or ACT scores. The probe was based on allegations that the eligibility criteria had the effect of discriminating against Hispanic and African-American students....

  6. Feds: Florida scholarship program does not violate anti-discrimination laws

    Blog

    Florida did not violate anti-discrimination laws by using standardized test scores to award Bright Futures scholarships, the U.S. Department of Education has found.

    The department’s Office for Civil Rights had been investigating the Bright Futures program, which awards college scholarships based on grade point average and SAT or ACT scores. The probe was based on allegations that the eligibility criteria had the effect of discriminating against Hispanic and African-American students....

  7. Florida surgeon general says all hospitals are ready for Ebola

    Blog

    Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong provided additional information Wednesday on the state's preparedness for a potential Ebola outbreak.

    Armstrong issued the press release one week after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a list of the nation's 36 Ebola treatment centers. No Florida hospitals were on the list....

  8. Bill would allow concealed weapons on college campuses

    Blog

    Weeks after a gunman opened fire at the Florida State library, a lawmaker has proposed legislation that would let some people carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

    The bill (HB 4005) was filed Monday by state Rep. Greg Steube. Steube, R-Sarasota, has also filed a proposal that would enable certain teachers and administrators to carry concealed firearms at primary and secondary schools....

  9. Lawmaker proposes bill to allow guns on college campuses

    Blog

    Weeks after a gunman opened fire at the Florida State library, a lawmaker has proposed legislation that would let some people carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

    The bill (HB 4005) was filed Monday by state Rep. Greg Steube. Steube, R-Sarasota, has also filed a proposal that would enable certain teachers and administrators to carry concealed firearms at primary and secondary schools....

  10. Florida House speaker announces committee appointments

    Blog

    The Florida House published its new list of committee chairs and members Monday.

    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said the chairmen and chairwomen "represent every region of our state" and will bring "fresh ideas and common-sense solutions to government."

    "Our committee and subcommittee chairs will lead the House with a strong focus on jobs and our economy," Crisafulli wrote in a statement. "Our state is in recovery and whether it is through education, healthcare, the environment, or public safety, a strong Florida means better jobs and a better environment for our citizens to prosper."...

  11. New Republican lawmakers reflect Florida’s diversity

    Blog

    The new class of Republican state representatives doesn’t fit the national GOP stereotype.

    Four of the 19 new members are Hispanic. Two are women.

    The GOP has long been more diverse in Florida than in other states, thanks largely to Cuban Americans from Miami-Dade County. But the party is involved in a broader push to recruit minority and female candidates from across the state....

  12. Republican Florida House newcomers shows diversity

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The new class of Republican state representatives doesn't fit the national GOP stereotype.

    Four of the 19 new members are Hispanic. Two are women.

    The GOP has long been more diverse in Florida than in other states, thanks largely to Cuban-Americans from Miami-Dade County. But the party is involved in a broader push to recruit minority and female candidates from across the state....

    State Rep. Bob Cortes described the Florida GOP’s “new face.”
  13. Families granted full standing in voucher lawsuit

    Blog

    Several families traveled to Tallahassee on Friday in hopes of becoming parties to a high-profile education lawsuit.

    They got their wish. Circuit Court Judge George S. Reynolds, III, granted the families full party status to participate in the defense.

    The legal challenge -- brought by the Florida Education Association, the Florida School Boards Association, the state PTA and several other groups -- is aimed at the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which provides private-school scholarships to children from low-income families. The groups say the program conflicts with the state's Constitutional duty to provide a "uniform" system of public schools....

  14. Parents ask to help defend school voucher program

    Blog

    UPDATE: Circuit Court Judge George S. Reynolds, III, granted the families full party status to participate in the defense.

    ORIGINAL POST: Several families are in Tallahassee on Friday in hopes of becoming parties to a high-profile education lawsuit.

    The legal challenge -- brought by the Florida Education Association, the Florida School Boards Association, the state PTA and several other groups -- is aimed at the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which provides private-school scholarships to children from low-income families. The groups say the program conflicts with the state's Constitutional duty to provide a "uniform" system of public schools....

  15. Florida has no nationally designated Ebola treatment centers, CDC says

    Blog

    UPDATE: The Florida Department of Health provided the following statement Friday: "Florida hospitals are prepared. In addition we have worked to enhance Florida’s readiness across the state through acquiring additional PPEs [personal protective equipment], establishing a National Guard Rapid Response Team and working with all hospitals, first responders and ports of entry to maintain the strong sense of readiness we have established regarding Ebola in Florida. We will continue to push the federal government to provide additional testing kits and to conduct screening at Florida airports."...