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. New RPOF attack ad includes goofy sound effects, memorable wordplay

    Blog

    The latest attack ad from the Republican Party of Florida is a light-hearted, almost comedic look at Charlie Crist's record.

    The commercial points out that Crist has changed his party affiliation, as well as his position on Obamacare, abortion and the federal stimulus package. And it does so over catchy music, goofy sound effects and some memorable wordplay.

    "Flippin' unbelievable," a voice says. "Flippin' amazing."...

  2. American Bridge: Cuts to education could hurt Scott's re-election bid

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    A new report from the left-leaning American Bridge takes Republican governors to task for cutting education funding.

    It includes a section on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who slashed $1.3 billion from the education budget during his first year in office.

    Scott has since restored most of that funding and unveiled a plan to boost per-student spending to a record high level in 2015. But he continues to feel the heat from Democratic opponent Charlie Crist and progressive groups....

  3. Report takes aim at Scott's education funding record

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    new report from the left-leaning American Bridge takes Republican governors to task for cutting education funding.

    It includes a section on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who slashed $1.3 billion from the education budget during his first year in office. ...

  4. Legislature likely to take up testing

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    In Orlando, they hosted a webinar on how to skip the state tests.

    In Fort Myers, they convinced the local school board to eliminate all district-required exams.

    In Miami, they created an anti-testing network of nearly 1,400 members.

    Across Florida, parents are pushing back on standardized tests. Some say schoolchildren are taking too many exams. Others have concerns about the quality of the tests, and the way the results are being used....

  5. Judge dismisses Florida school voucher lawsuit

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    TALLAHASSEE — A judge on Wednesday dismissed one of two legal challenges to the state school voucher program.

    The lawsuit, filed by the statewide teachers union, targeted a controversial law that both expanded the voucher program and created new scholarships for children with disabilities. The union claimed the law violates a constitutional requirement that each law be limited to a single subject....

  6. Judge: Lee County teacher can't bring school voucher lawsuit

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    A judge on Wednesday dismissed one of two legal challenges to the state school voucher program.

    The lawsuit, filed by the statewide teachers union, targeted a controversial law that both expanded the voucher program and created new scholarships for children with disabilities.

    The union said the Florida Legislature had violated the state Constitution by rolling multiple policies into one law....

  7. Judge dismisses voucher lawsuit

    Blog

    A judge on Wednesday dismissed one of two legal challenges to the state school voucher program.

    The lawsuit, filed by the statewide teachers union, targeted a controversial law that both expanded the voucher program and created new scholarships for children with disabilities.

    The union said the Florida Legislature had violated the state Constitution by rolling multiple policies into one law....

  8. TV ads begin airing in Dade statehouse race

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    In a year with only a handful of competitive statehouse races, observers are paying close attention to House District 114.

    The incumbent, Republican Rep. Erik Fresen, has drawn two challengers: Democrat Daisy Baez and independent Ross Hancock.

    Fresen is a well-known lawmaker with a strong base of support in West Miami and Coral Gables. He has served as chairman of the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee....

  9. Teacher debit card program continues to draw controversy

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    State lawmakers took action this year to ensure teachers would have money for classroom supplies before the school year started.

    In Miami-Dade County, however, teachers are still waiting for the funds more than a month into the semester.

    Educators are just now receiving their state-issued debit cards, which are worth $281 and can be used only for the purchase of classroom supplies. The school district plans to load the cards with money on Friday, Chief Financial Officer Judith Marte said....

  10. Did Crist "swindle" Florida? Republicans say yes.

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    Republicans are insisting Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist "swindled" Florida.

    In a new digital ad, the Republican Party of Florida says Crist "swindled his own supporters [and] swindled voters" by changing his position abortion, gay marriage and taxes.

    "We won't let Charlie Crist swindle us again," a female voice says.

    "Swindle" has been a hot-button word since Fort Lauderdale investor Dean Kretschmar, in an ad promoting Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign, said he was swindled by both Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein....

  11. Tiny Florida town of Bell copes with mass killing (w/video)

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    BELL — It was hard enough for the adults in this tiny North Florida town to make sense of the mass killing that jolted their community Thursday.

    It was even harder explaining it to their children, who knew four of the victims from the local grade school.

    So on Friday morning, parents and students arrived at Bell Elementary in an apparent state of bewilderment, many with tears streaming down their faces. Uniformed sheriff's deputies escorted them into the building. Once inside, nearly 30 grief counselors awaited them to talk about the tragedy....

    A Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputy greets students as they arrive for class at Bell Elementary School on Friday. On Thursday, 51-year-old Don Spirit killed six of his grandchildren, his daughter and himself. Four of the children attended Bell Elementary.
  12. Crist supporters blast Scott attack ad

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    Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and former Department of Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil on Thursday called on Republican Gov. Rick Scott to take down a controversial attack ad....

  13. Crist pitches plan to invest in solar energy, space exploration

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    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist wants to invest in business incubation, create a thriving solar energy industry, and usher in a new age of space exploration.

    The ideas are part of his "Fair Shot Florida" plan to create jobs and grow the state's economy. 

    Crist unveiled the plan in August. But he provided some new details Wednesday....

  14. Florida universities say they need $45M to offset Bright Futures changes

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the potential cost savings.

    But the changes to the eligibility criteria may come with an unforeseen price tag.

    Universities across the state, including the University of South Florida, say they will need an additional $45 million next year for financial aid to help "low-income students impacted by the loss of Bright Futures scholarships."...

  15. Universities need $45 million to offset changes to Bright Futures scholarship program

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    When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the cost savings.

    But the changes to the eligibility criteria may actually come with an unforeseen price tag.

    State universities say they will need an additional $45 million next year to provide more need-based financial aid, according to a new budget proposal....