Florida Five: New Common Core fight erupts, Scott’s budget boosts mental health funding

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

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Dispute over validity of Common-Core exam ignites new Florida testing fight – After high-profile controversies about the Common Core State Standards, PARCC, testing disruptions, and the number and length of tests, Florida has another assessment squabble on its hands. This time, it’s a dispute over how well the Florida State Assessment matches Florida’s standards, and Florida’s students. Read more

Scott budget will include $19 million for mental health – Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced that he will ask for more than $19 million in his state budget proposal to address mental health and substance abuse in the state, his first announcement for next year’s budget. The money is intended to fund proposals to expand mental health care services across the state, which Scott laid out in an executive order in June that said “state funding for mental healthcare is too fragmented.” Read more

Fla GOP activists oppose party’s plan to exclude prez candidates from Fla ballot – Republican Libertarian Caucus, a 20-year-old group representing libertarian-leaning Florida Republican activists, is coming out strongly opposed by a proposal from Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia to exclude from Florida’s March 15 primary ballot any candidate who does not show up to his “Sunshine Summit” in November. Read more

FAMU settles with family of drum major who died after hazing – Florida A&M University reached a $1.1 million settlement Friday with the family of a drum major who died after being hazed by fellow band members. The university agreed to name the marching band’s anti-hazing program after Robert Champion as well as place a memorial plaque dedicated to Champion on campus under the terms of the agreement reached with Champion’s parents, according to settlement documents. Read more

Campus carry supporters: ‘No evidence’ of increased gun violence if bill passed – Florida lawmakers are gearing up for a showdown over allowing concealed weapons on campus – and supporters of the legislation are honing in what they say is a “lack of evidence” proving concealed carry permit holders would engage in violence if the legislation was passed in the Sunshine State. Read more

Good news: Governor Rick Scott holds ‘All-American Flag Act’ bill signing at Viera High School

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