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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

09/21/2018: Competing Education Plans On The Campaign Trail; Poverty In Florida

In this week’s Florida Roundup we looked at dueling education plans in the race for governor from Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.

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Education reporters Jessica Bakeman from WLRN and Jeff Solocheck from the Tampa Bay Times joined us.

We examined the number of people living in poverty in Florida, which has dropped in the state since the Great Recession of 2008. Our guests providing perspective on the issue were:

  • Barbara Peters Smith, a Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter that focuses on aging issues
  • Matt Dixon, a senior reporter for Politico
  • Patti Mazzeiwith The New York Times

We also looked at the issue of race entering into the gubernatorial contest after DeSantis donor Steven Alembik admitted to tweeting a racial slur against former President Barack Obama.

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