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STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS: TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

  APPEALS COURT WON'T QUICKLY HEAR VOTER ROLL CASE A federal appeals court declined to quickly consider a challenge to Florida's effort to clean the voter rolls of ineligible, making it clear that voters who aren't citizens won't be removed before Election Day on Nov. 6. It was already unlikely that would happen, because of the ongoing legal fight and the fact that the process is lengthy, allowing thos ...

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Rep. Perry Thurston Statement On Governor Scott’s Retreat from Race-based Education Plan.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Rep. Perry Thurston (D-Plantation), the incoming Florida House Democratic leader, issued the following statement:   “It is a favorable sign that Governor Scott has decided today to disavow himself from a highly controversial element of the Strategic Plan for public schools offered this month by the state Board of Education. I am hopeful that the Board of Education will recraft the p ...

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JUDGE WEIGHS REQUEST TO BLOCK EARLY VOTING LAW

By BRANDON LARRABEE September 19, 2012......A lawyer for opponents of a controversial change in early voting in Florida told a federal judge here that the law would disproportionately harm black voters and should be blocked. But supporters of the change said it was allowed under the Voting Rights Act and a reversal now would cause chaos on Election Day. The hearing was the latest chapter in a legal morass t ...

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Obama Administration approves two more states for NCLB flexibility

The Obama Administration approved Washington and Wisconsin recently for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. ...

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