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Budget vetoes seen as less likely in Gov. Scott’s second year

Gov. Rick Scott says he doesn’t expect to come “anywhere close” to  last year’s record $615 million in budget vetoes as he wraps up his review  of the legislature’s new $70 billion spending plan.

Scott attributed his anticipated lighter touch with the veto pen to  legislators getting the message last year. The first-year governor was  intent on reducing state spending and curbing the age-old practice of  powerful legislators steering money back home.

It hasn’t completely worked. But legislators and lobbyists have done a better  job convincing him of the merits of some items, he said.

“One of the groups that did well coming back with more information this  year was public television stations,” Scott said. “I said, ‘Go  back and show us that there was a return on the money we are spending.’ And  they did.”

Go to The Palm Beach Post online to read the full story by John Kennedy, Staff Writer: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/budget-vetoes-seen-as-less-likely-in-gov-2290654.html

 

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Pain eases to Florida school budgets under House plan, but needy to suffer more cuts

TALLAHASSEE — A House panel approved a $1 billion boost in public school spending Wednesday, backing Gov. Rick Scott’s push to begin replenishing dollars for classrooms which suffered even deeper cuts last year.

The proposed, election-year increase looks certain to force sharp cuts in health and social service programs for the poor, elderly and disabled. The House plan would elevate student spending — now at its lowest level in six years — by $141 per-pupil, or just over two percent.

Go to the Palm Beach Post online to read the full story by John Kennedy, Staff Writer. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/pain-eases-to-florida-school-budgets-under-house-2125876.html

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FPBS launches Florida PBS LearningMedia

The new digital learning library aims to increase student achievement throughout Florida

FPBS, the association of public media in Florida, announced today the launch of Florida PBS LearningMedia, a free digital public media platform to serve as an education resource for PreK-12 classrooms in Florida.  Utilizing more than 18,000 high-quality resources from PBS stations and public media productions, the digital learning service delivers classroom-ready content tied to Common Core State Standards, as well as professional development courses, a robust content delivery system and a flexible infrastructure designed for seamless integration into existing services.   The announcement was made at the FETC Conference in Orlando.

“We are proud to offer educators in the state of Florida this powerful online resource,” said Janyth Righter, executive director of FPBS. “Florida PBS LearningMedia is another example of how public broadcasting in Florida is invested in the future of our educators and children.”

Florida PBS LearningMedia is going to provide state educators a myriad of resources for both their classrooms and for professional development,” said Commissioner Gerard Robinson, Florida Department of Education.  “Through all delivery methods available on this site our students will benefit greatly from this opportunity to bring the world into the classroom.”

FPBS is working with other organizations throughout the state to ensure that as many teacher, students and parents as possible know about the initiative. Florida Virtual School (FLVS) will be providing training to its instructors on how to incorporate Florida PBS LearningMedia into their instructional delivery.

Teachers will use Florida PBS LearningMedia to supplement the FLVS curriculum. Potential uses include enhancing live learning sessions, individualizing instructional experiences, and creating real world connections for a variety of student activities. 

“FPBS, like Florida Virtual School, understands the importance of creating innovative ideas that will help students succeed,” stated Julie Young, president and chief executive officer for Florida Virtual School. “Incorporating comprehensive, digital resources, such as Florida PBS LearningMedia, helps Florida Virtual School to ensure our children receive a high quality, technology-based education that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in this competitive world.”

Florida PBS LearningMedia(florida.pbslearningmedia.org) is the statewide version of PBS LearningMedia, and features a robust content library with tens of thousands of digital assets, videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and in-depth lesson plans and discussion questions for PreK-12 educators aligned to Common Core State Standards.  PBS’ online media-on-demand service combines links to resources from the U.S. Department of Education’s Learning Registry with original content from public broadcasting producers and programs like NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and SID THE SCIENCE KID, all in one place and free.  Florida PBS LearningMedia’s growing library of curriculum-based assets is designed to support classroom and student achievement across math, science, reading/language arts, social studies, health/physical education, as well as world languages. 

About FPBS

FPBS is a non-profit association of public radio and public television stations in the state of Florida. As the largest broadcasting network in the state, we reach more than 99% of Florida’s population through traditional broadcast, online tools and community engagement. FPBS stations are a state partner in education, emergency management and public affairs. Through our collaborative efforts, we identify and implement regional and statewide projects that enhance and sustain community initiatives that serve the citizens of Florida. FPBS member stations include WBBC TV (Cocoa), WDSC TV (Daytona), WGCU TV/FM (Ft. Myers),WQCS FM (Ft. Pierce),  WUFT TV/FM (Gainesville), WJCT TV/FM (Jacksonville), WFIT FM (Melbourne), WLRN TV/FM (Miami), WPBT TV (Miami), WUCF TV (Orlando), WMFE FM (Orlando), WKGC (Panama City), WSRE TV (Pensacola), WUWF FM (Pensacola), WFSU TV/FM (Tallahassee), WEDU TV (Tampa), WUSF TV/FM (Tampa), WMNF FM (Tampa), WXEL TV (West Palm), and WPBI FM (West Palm). For more information, visit the FPBS website at www.fpbs.org.

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The Association of Public Media in Florida Launches New Brand, Website

New name and graphics meant to better convey role of public broadcasting in the state of Florida

The association of public broadcasters in Florida announced today the organization has updated its brand. Formerly known as Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Inc. the organization has now changed its name to FPBS. With the new name, the association also has a new logo and website. 

“The new brand is intended to convey all that FPBS has to offer, including initiatives beyond traditional public broadcasting.” said Janyth Righter, Executive Director of FPBS. “These changes are a clear sign of our ongoing commitment to our member stations and the extensive services they provide to the communities in which they serve.”

FPBS member stations are involved with various project in the areas of education, public affairs and emergency management.   They partner with the state to provide valuable, cost-effective communications infrastructure, results-driven literacy & STEM educational initiatives, and quality statewide public affairs programming.

“These changes better exemplify the core mission of FPBS and its member stations: strengthening the community, empowering families and educating the public through public media and community outreach,” said Righter. “

About FPBS

FPBS is a non-profit association of public radio and public television stations in the state of Florida. As the largest broadcasting network in the state, we reach more than 99% of Florida’s population through traditional broadcast, online tools and community engagement. We are a state partner in education, emergency management and public affairs. Through our collaborative efforts, we identify and implement regional and statewide projects that enhance and sustain community initiatives that serve the citizens of Florida.  For more information, visit our website at www.fpbs.org.

 

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