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. Sen. John Legg declines honor from Florida School Boards Association

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    Senate Education Commitee Chairman John Legg declined an award from the Florida School Boards Association on Friday -- one day after the organization announced plans to challenge the school voucher program in court.

    "It is now apparent to me that the association's stance on educating low income students and access to choice in education is too conflicting with my own," Legg wrote in a letter to FSBA Executive Director Wayne Blanton. "It saddens me that the FSBA would take a position that looks to eliminate customization in education, an approach which is widely viewed to be essential to improving student learning."...

  2. State Sen. John Legg declines award from FSBA, urges group to drop lawsuit

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    Senate Education Commitee Chairman John Legg declined an award from the Florida School Boards Association on Friday -- one day after the organization announced plans to challenge the school voucher program in court.

    "It is now apparent to me that the association's stance on educating low income students and access to choice in education is too conflicting with my own," Legg wrote in a letter to FSBA Executive Director Wayne Blanton. "It saddens me that the FSBA would take a position that looks to eliminate customization in education, an approach which is widely viewed to be essential to improving student learning."...

  3. Legal challenge takes aim at Florida's school voucher program

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    TALLAHASSEE — The statewide teachers union, school boards association and PTA filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Florida's school voucher program.

    The lawsuit contends that the voucher program, which provides private-school scholarships to low-income children, conflicts with the state's constitutional duty to provide a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools."...

  4. Teachers union, school boards association unveil voucher lawsuit

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    There were no surprises at a pair of Thursday press conferences addressing the legal challenge to the school voucher program....

  5. School voucher lawsuit sparks debate

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    There were no surprises at a pair of Thursday press conferences addressing the legal challenge to the school voucher program....

  6. Teachers union, school board association to challenge school voucher program

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    TALLAHASSEE — The statewide teachers union, school boards association and PTA will file a lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of Florida's school voucher program.

    The suit will address several provisions in the state Constitution, including the requirement to provide a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools," Florida School Boards Association legislative liaison Ruth Melton said....

  7. FEA moves forward with challenge to school voucher program

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    The statewide teachers union plans to announce new "legal action" against Florida's school voucher program at a press conference Thursday, union leaders said.

    The voucher program, also known as the Tax Credit Scholarship Program, enables corporations to fund private-school scholarships for low-income children. The businesses receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits in exchange for their contributions....

  8. Teachers union to announce new "legal action" against voucher program

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    The statewide teachers union plans to announce new "legal action" against Florida's school voucher program at a press conference Thursday, union leaders said.

    The voucher program, also known as the Tax Credit Scholarship Program, enables corporations to fund private-school scholarships for low-income children. The businesses receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits in exchange for their contributions....

  9. Gov. Rick Scott calls for review of education standards, state tests

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    TALLAHASSEE — Seeking to secure votes from parents and the tea party faithful, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday called for a review of Florida's controversial new education benchmarks and a "thorough investigation of all standardized tests."

    The election-minded governor, who last week said he would boost per-student spending to an all-time high, also proposed more money for classroom technology and school-safety initiatives, and larger cash rewards for top teachers....

  10. Scott's education plan calls for review of controversial standards

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    Late last week, an election-minded Gov. Rick Scott released a plan to increase per-pupil spending.

    On Monday, he followed up with a proposal to review the state's new education benchmarks and assessments, and increase investments into digital learning, school safety and both reading and math instruction. 

    "We want to make sure that our students have every opportunity to succeed in the classroom and in their careers, and we want to make sure our teachers have every tool they need to make that possible," Scott said in a statement....

  11. Scott, Crist continue trading jabs on education spending

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    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist released a new TV ad on Friday, accusing Republican Gov. Rick Scott of lying to a constituent about his education record.

     

    "We thought it really important to remind Floridians that you cannot trust Rick Scott about public education," said former state Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, speaking for the Crist campaign. "You cannot trust him to care about your school children or to fund your schools properly."...

  12. FDP: Scott, Bondi should let gay-marriage rulings stand

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    A day after a federal judge struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriages, the state Democratic Party urged Republican Gov. Rick Scott to let the decision stand.

    "While we had a great victory yesterday, we are hoping to see that change be implemented quickly," Florida Democratic Party Political Director Christian Ulvert told reporters on a press call. "It is now on the attorney general and Gov. Rick Scott to stop their efforts to appeal, in hopes that we can achieve the full equality that all Florida residents deserve."...

  13. Gov. Rick Scott rolls out plan to increase per-student spending

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    TALLAHASSEE — The governor's race on Thursday turned into a contest to see who would spend more on education.

    Days after Democratic frontrunner Charlie Crist pledged to boost the education budget while touring the state in a yellow school bus, Republican Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a plan to raise school spending to a record high next year.

    Scott called upon the state to spend $7,176 for each student in the public school system — a $232 increase over the current level and a $50 increase over the high-water mark set in 2007-08....

    Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the Florida Polytechnic University's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lakeland last week. [DEMETRIUS FREEMAN   |   Times]
  14. Scott rolls out plan to increase education funding

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    Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.

    Scott's proposal calls for $7,176 for each student in Florida -- a $232 increase over the current school year and a $50 increase over the record high from 2007-08.

    "I am proud to announce that in the upcoming legislative session we will propose an increase in Florida’s per-pupil spending to the highest level in our state's history," Scott said in a statement. "We already have the highest total spending in K-12 this year and gave every teacher the opportunity for a pay raise. Because we were able to get Florida's economy back on track, revenues are now projected to stay at a strong enough rate to support historic investments in education."...

  15. State votes to close charter school where Scott rolled out education policy in 2011

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    As thousands of students went back to school on Monday, the state Board of Education voted to close three failing charter schools.

    One of the schools, Florida International Elementary Academy, has been in the news before.

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott visited its sister middle school, Florida International Academy, just days after taking office in 2011. While touring the Miami-Dade campus, he and former Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced a plan to increase the number of charter schools statewide....