Recent Florida Matters episodes

How Common Standards Will Change Florida Schools (June 25, 2013)

Florida is one of 45 states which have fully adopted new English, literacy and math standards for K-12 schools.

The standards, known as Common Core, are intended to make sure every high school graduate can handle college-level work or find...

Florida Polytechnic Readies for First Students (June 19, 2013)

Florida Polytechnic University is quickly taking shape in Polk County. Officials hope to admit the first students in the fall of 2014 -- which means finding those students, housing them, hiring the faculty to teach them, designing a curriculum,...

Florida Matters: Streamlining Foreclosures? (June 12, 2013)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week signed into law a bill aimed at speeding up the foreclosure process in the state. In the wake of the housing crisis,...

Florida Matters: Pinellas Mass Transit Tax Hike Referendum (June 4, 2013)
Coming to Pinellas County?

In 2014, voters in Pinellas County will decide whether to raise their sales taxes to pay for major upgrades to the county's public transportation system. That would include what could become the Bay Area's first light rail. Supporters say it's...

Florida Matters: State House Reporters Look Back at the Legislative Session (May 31, 2013)

What got done in Tallahassee, what didn't and why? And how will it affect you?

Ethics and elections reform gets through, but health care expansion does not. And efforts to change alimony and state run Citizens property insurance fell...

Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Wrap Up (May 21, 2013)

State lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session by passing a $74.5 billion budget which the governor trimmed to $74.1 billion. But overall, lawmakers were happy with the budget and proud of their bipartisan spirit.

Less than two...

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