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. 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....

  2. State universities: Changes to state-funded scholarships impacted 38 percent of freshman

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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....

  3. Sachs Media Group agrees to dismiss controversial lawsuit

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    After finding itself in a public relations nightmare last month, a prominent Tallahassee media firm has dropped its lawsuit against the family of a paralyzed Broward County man.

    The firm, Sachs Media Group, had said the family of Eric Brody owed $375,000 for four years of public relations and media outreach services.

    "We are a small business and it is difficult to walk away from nearly $400,000," Chief Operating Officer Michelle Ubben said. "But it became clear to us that it would take a long time to reach a resolution, and we didn’t want to put the family or the firm through that."...

  4. Firm drops suit against family of paralyzed Broward County man

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After finding itself in a public relations nightmare last month, a prominent Tallahassee media firm has dropped its lawsuit against the family of a paralyzed Broward County man.

    The firm, Sachs Media Group, had said the family of Eric Brody owed $375,000 for four years of public relations and media outreach services.

    "We are a small business and it is difficult to walk away from nearly $400,000," Chief Operating Officer Michelle Ubben said. "But it became clear to us that it would take a long time to reach a resolution, and we didn't want to put the family or the firm through that."...

  5. Dust-up puts Common Core front and center in the race for Florida governor

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    It seemed like the commotion over the Common Core had died down in Florida.

    But a dust-up last month in the Lee County school system, the state’s ninth-largest district with 85,000 students, reignited the debate over the controversial education benchmarks — and put the issue front and center in the governor’s race.

    Observers say it could present a challenge for Republican Gov. Rick Scott....

  6. Common Core creates political balancing act for Gov. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It seemed like the commotion over Common Core had died down in Florida.

    But a dustup last month in the Lee County school system, the state's ninth-largest district with 85,000 students, reignited the debate over the controversial education benchmarks — and put the issue front and center in the governor's race.

    Observers say it could present a challenge for Republican Gov. Rick Scott....

  7. Scott keeps the pressure on federal education department

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    As he promised to do at an Aug. 27 press conference, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying Florida should be allowed to keep its policies on students for whom English is a second language....

  8. Scott sends letter on ELL testing, criticizes "federal overreach" in education

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    As he promised to do at an Aug. 27 press conference, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying Florida should be allowed to keep its policies on students for whom English is a second language....

  9. Latvala raises concerns over school voucher lawsuit

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    Sen. Jack Latvala, of Clearwater, isn't the first Republican lawmaker to disagree with the union-backed lawsuit challenging the school voucher program.

    But he may be among the first offering to work with union leaders on the issue....

  10. Latvala offers to work with teachers union on voucher issues

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    Sen. Jack Latvala, of Clearwater, isn't the first Republican lawmaker to disagree with the union-backed lawsuit challenging the school voucher program.

    But he may be among the first offering to work with union leaders on the issue....

  11. Ballard Partners adds former DJJ secretary to firm

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    Former Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters is joining Ballard Partners, the lobbying firm announced Wednesday.

    Walters will focus on youth and justice issues.

    "Wansley is a highly-respected voice in Florida government and she's a proven leader with a track record of success," President Brian Ballard said in a statement. "We are excited to bring her level of expertise and knowledge to our clients and their issues."...

  12. After controversial vote, Lee County School Board restores testing

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    The Lee County School Board on Tuesday rescinded a controversial decision to opt out of all state-mandated testing.

    The board reversed course after Lee County schools Superintendent Nancy Graham said the district could lose as much as $280 million in state funding. The Florida School Boards Association had also warned that thousands of high school students might be unable to graduate....

  13. Lee County rescinds decision to opt out of state tests

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    The Lee County School Board on Tuesday rescinded a controversial decision to opt out of all state-mandated testing.

    The board reversed course after Lee County schools Superintendent Nancy Graham said the district could lose as much as $280 million in state funding. The Florida School Boards Association had also warned that thousands of high school students might be unable to graduate....

  14. Lee County School Board reverses decision to challenge the state on testing

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    Just six days after a vote that reverberated across the country, the Lee County School Board on Tuesday backtracked on a controversial decision to opt out of state-mandated testing.

    The board reversed course in part because schools superintendent Nancy Graham said the district could lose as much as $280 million in state funding if it failed to give the tests. The Florida School Boards Association also had warned that thousands of high school students would be unable to meet the requirements for graduation....

    Lee County School Board member Mary Fischer explains her decision to reverse her previous vote opting out of state-mandated testing during a special meeting called Tuesday morning in Fort Myers.
  15. 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."...