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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. Florida House approves controversial bill to divert district funds to charter schools

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

    The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the Republican-dominated House to end the week. The others would:

    •Ease the penalties for schools that fail to comply with the constitutionally mandated limits on class size....

    Rep. Erik Fresen is personally connected to charters.
  2. Controversial charter school bill wins support in Florida House

    Blog

    Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

    The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the Republican-dominated House. The others would:

    * Ease the penalties for schools that fail to comply with the Constitutionally-mandated limits on class size;...

  3. Florida House approves construction money for charter schools

    Blog

    Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

    The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the Republican-dominated House. The others would:

    * Ease the penalties for schools that fail to comply with the Constitutionally-mandated limits on class size;...

  4. Buzz: Senate alternative to Medicaid expansion heads to floor

    State Roundup

    A third panel approved the Senate's proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion and now the measure is headed to a floor vote.

    But things got dicey Wednesday when the Senate Appropriations Committee discussed SB 7044.

    As Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, walked his colleagues through the proposal, several senators became engaged in intense side conversations. The discussions grew so large that the committee went into an impromptu recess....

  5. Senate finds compromise on student testing

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers may have found a middle ground on the controversial subject of student testing.

    A Senate panel tweaked its testing bill Wednesday so that the results of this year's Florida Standards Assessments would not be used to determine whether third-grade students can be promoted, or high school students can graduate until an independent review of the exam is conducted....

  6. Will the House follow the Senate's lead on testing?

    Blog

    Florida lawmakers may have found a middle ground on the controversial subject of student testing.

    A Senate panel tweaked its testing bill Wednesday so that the results of this year’s Florida Standards Assessments would not be used to determine whether third-grade students can be promoted to the fourth grade, or high-school students can graduate until an independent review of the exam is conducted....

  7. Florida Senate finds compromise on testing

    Blog

    Florida lawmakers may have found a middle ground on the controversial subject of student testing.

    A Senate panel tweaked its testing bill Wednesday so that the results of this year’s Florida Standards Assessments would not be used to determine whether third-grade students can be promoted to the fourth grade, or high-school students can graduate until an independent review of the exam is conducted....

  8. Senate's alternative to Medicaid expansion heads for a floor vote

    Blog

    A third panel approved the Senate's proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion.

    But things got dicey Wednesday when the Senate Appropriations Committee discussed the bill (SB 7044).

    As Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, walked his colleagues through the proposal, several powerful senators became engaged in intense side conversations. The discussions grew so large that the committee went into an impromptu recess....

  9. Bush email account is discovered

    State Roundup

    As Florida governor, Jeb Bush used another, previously undisclosed email address, records show — the newest wrinkle in an evolving debate over public officials' use of private email accounts.

    When Bush released thousands of emails from his tenure as Florida's governor as part of his preparations to run for president next year, he did so from the email account he shared openly, jeb@jeb.org. ...

  10. Florida Senate votes to oppose U.S.-Cuba relations

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — In an emotional speech Tuesday, Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, asked her fellow senators to oppose President Barack Obama's recent decision to open up diplomatic relations with Cuba.

    All but one agreed.

    The measure, which also discourages the federal government from allowing a Cuban consulate in Florida, is largely symbolic. But it was important for the Cuban-American members of the state Senate, Flores said....

  11. Florida Senate rebukes Obama's new Cuba policy

    Blog

    Cuba

    In an emotional speech Tuesday, Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, asked her fellow senators to oppose President Obama’s recent decision to open up diplomatic relations with Cuba....

  12. Trade mission brings Lopez-Cantera to Peru

    Blog

    Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has traded Tallahassee for warmer climes.

    Lopez-Cantera is in Lima, Peru Tuesday. 

    His visit is part of a "trade mission with Enterprise Florida to bring job opportunities to the state," spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said.

    Lopez-Cantera's itinerary includes meetings at the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Commerce and Tourism, as well as a luncheon with the American Chamber of Commerce of Peru. He will also chat with President of the National Port Authority Edgar Patino Garrido and Deputy Mayor of Lima Patricia Juarez....

  13. Non-profit urges Florida Legislature to spend more on financial aid

    Blog

    There's been a lot of talk about college affordability in the early days of the legislative session.

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott has made the issue a top priority -- and is pushing both a textbook tax cut and legislation that would prohibit universities from raising graduate-school tuition.

    On Monday, the Senate Higher Education Committee approved a proposal by Sen Anitere Flores, R-Miami, that would accomplish those goals and require colleges and universities to publish the cost of each course before the semester begins (SB 938). The House Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee is scheduled to take up a similar proposal on Wednesday....

  14. Report calls for more need-based financial aid

    Blog

    There's been a lot of talk about college affordability in the early days of the legislative session.

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott has made the issue a top priority -- and is pushing both a textbook tax cut and legislation that would prohibit universities from raising graduate-school tuition.

    On Monday, the Senate Higher Education Committee approved a proposal by Sen Anitere Flores, R-Miami, that would accomplish those goals and require colleges and universities to publish the cost of each course before the semester begins (SB 938). The House Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee is scheduled to take up a similar proposal on Wednesday....

  15. Bill would give more choices to Florida students

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Kameela Russell's daughter acted out at her neighborhood school, Madie Ives Elementary in northeast Miami-Dade.

    But she excelled after transferring to the top-ranked Lakeside Elementary in Broward County.

    Most parents would not have been able to move their child to a public school in another county. Russell could because she was a teacher in Broward.

    That option may soon become available to more Florida families....