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Benchmarking Florida
January 19, 2017   Quality Counts, an annual report by Education Week and Editorial Partners in Education, compares state public schools on a variety of factors. Florida excels in issues related to equity, falls short across a broad spectrum in student achievement, and fares poorly in school funding. Education Week has issued its Quality Counts report annually for more than 20 years. The report compares states based on a wide range of factors related to public schools. The 2017 report ranked Florida 29th (an improvement of one place) out of the fifty states and Washington, D.C., but the overall ranking masks some significant differences. Read more...
Report
With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, Florida has made tremendous gains in health care coverage for working families, especially those with children. Congressional repeal of the Act, without substantial replacement of its provisions, endangers the families served through its programs. Families of modest means rely on these programs to preserve their physical health and financial well-being. Esubalew Dadi January 2017 Congress passed a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in January, 2016 which was subsequently vetoed by President Obama. The legislation would have eliminated Medicaid expansion, cost-sharing for coverage obtained through the insurance marketplace, and the individual coverage mandate.  Read more...
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The rate of uninsured children across the US saw the largest decline on record from 2013 to 2015, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF).1 In Florida, the number of uninsured children decreased by 161,000 children (almost 38 percent). Read more...
Press Release
Institute Executive Director Joseph F. Pennisi writes in an op-ed to the Orlando Sentinel that: To our current state leaders, the path to widespread prosperity is further tax cuts at the expense of strategic public investment. It is important to have an open, frank debate in this state about whether that really is best. Read more...
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