New law for non-English speakers in schools
Florida parents who have children in the English Language Learners program may now remove them , regardless of their children’ts ability to speak and comprehend English. This had been required. But as Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Janny Rodriguez reports, the program is still being used by many who are learning a new language.
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Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday. Among those bills is a provision to allow gun owners to carry their weapons in the case of emergency evacuation as well as a bill to expand the child-protection law.
Miami and Orlando school districts will remove Styrofoam trays from school cafeterias and will replace them with compostable plates. The change within the districts is part of an effort to enact environmentally conscious changes in larger school districts.
Marcel “Butch” Verrando, an appointee to the Industrial Development Authority, has been removed from the board after a racially-charged Facebook post. Verrando was removed after a regularly scheduled meeting on May 19.
A key Florida health care program will likely receive an extra $1B from the federal government this budget year. The new amount offered for the Low Income Pool would enable Florida to retain Medicaid investment.
Tourism in Florida is at an all-time high. The amount of visitors in the first quarter of 2015 is up 6 percent from the previous year.