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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 Gov. Rick Scott suspends 11th grade tests

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE High-school juniors across Florida rejoiced Tuesday upon learning that Gov. Rick Scott had suspended the new 11th grade test in language arts.

    The move, coming only a week before the start of the 2015 legislative session, also won praise from school district leaders. "It is a step in the right direction," Pinellas Superintendent Mike Grego said.

    Critics, however, said Scott did not go far enough to address problems with the state's standardized testing program....

  2. Scott takes executive action to reduce testing

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order on Tuesday suspending the new 11th grade exam in English language arts. 

    The action comes in response to a growing backlash from parents and teachers to the state's standardized testing program....

  3. Rick Scott signs executive order to suspend 11th grade exam

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    Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order on Tuesday suspending the new 11th grade exam in English language arts. 

    The action comes in response to a growing backlash from parents and teachers to the state's standardized testing program....

  4. Florida lawmakers promote financial literacy

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    MoneycourseState lawmakers are once again pushing for all high school students in Florida to take a half-credit course in financial literacy known as the Money Course....

  5. Florida lawmakers make pitch for a 'Money Course'

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    MoneycourseState lawmakers are once again pushing for all high school students in Florida to take a half-credit course in financial literacy known as the Money Course....

  6. Gov. Rick Scott to focus on graduate school tuition

    Blog

    ScottLast year, Republican Gov. Rick Scott made holding the line on college tuition a top priority....

  7. Proposal would prevent tuition hikes at Florida graduate schools

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    ScottLast year, Republican Gov. Rick Scott made holding the line on college tuition a top priority....

  8. Florida lawmaker files Cuba proposal

    Blog

    State Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr., R-Hialeah, on Wednesday filed a proposal to "expresses disagreement with [the] decision of federal government to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba."

    The bill, HM 727, would also urge Congress to "uphold the embargo until such a time when this arcane dictatorship is no longer in power and the most basic human and civil rights are once again recognized in Cuba."...

  9. State, feds negotiate over looming $1.3 billion health care budget shortfall

    State Roundup

    The state continued negotiations with the federal government on Wednesday in an effort to preserve funding for hospitals that treat large numbers of poor and uninsured patients.

    Florida had previously relied on a pot of money known as the Low Income Pool, or LIP. But the $2.2 billion program is scheduled to expire later this year, under an agreement between the state and federal government....

  10. The possibility of LIP funding -- or something like it -- isn't entirely dead yet

    Blog

    The state continued its negotiations with the federal government on Wednesday in an effort to preserve funding for hospitals that treat large numbers of poor and uninsured patients.

    Florida had previously relied on a pot of money known as the Low Income Pool, or LIP. But the $2.2 billion program is scheduled to expire later this year, under an agreement between the state and federal government....

  11. Jeb Bush hosts education summit, raises funds in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — He looked like a presidential candidate on Tuesday, hosting a $1,000-a-person lunchtime fundraiser at a posh Tallahassee hotel and convening lawmakers to discuss one of his top priorities.

    But former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush insisted he had yet to make a decision on whether to run.

    "I'm moving forward methodically on this," he told reporters, adding that he doesn't have "a particular time frame."...

    Jeb Bush touted the value of school choice during an education summit at Florida State University on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
  12. Jeb Bush to headline education summit in Tallahassee

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    BushFormer Gov. Jeb Bush's first public appearance in Florida as a likely presidential candidate will be a return to familiar ground in more ways than one....

  13. Jeb Bush to raise money, discuss education in Tallahassee

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    BushFormer Gov. Jeb Bush's first public appearance in Florida as a likely presidential candidate will be a return to familiar ground in more ways than one....

  14. Teachers, parents: We have standing in voucher lawsuit

    Blog

    Attorneys for the state on Monday urged a judge to dismiss a legal challenge to Florida's school voucher program.

    Blaine Winship, special counsel to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, argued that a coalition of teachers, parents and school board members lacked the standing needed to file the lawsuit because none had been injured by the program.

    "Special injury must be unique to the person asserting the claim," Winship said....

  15. State urges judge to dismiss voucher lawsuit

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    Attorneys for the state on Monday urged a judge to dismiss a legal challenge to Florida's school voucher program.

    Blaine Winship, special counsel to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, argued that a coalition of teachers, parents and school board members lacked the standing needed to file the lawsuit because none had been injured by the program.

    "Special injury must be unique to the person asserting the claim," Winship said....