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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.

2/1/19: Hurricane Michael Recovery; Common Core

A fallen tree lies in front of a house in Marianna, FL.
Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU
A fallen tree lies in front of a house in Marianna, FL.

On The Florida Roundupthis week, we began with a look at the predicament of the state’s so-called “Forgotten Coast.” 

Hurricane Michael brought 150 mile per hour winds and devastating storm surge to parts of the Panhandle almost four months ago. But money, help and donations have been very slow in coming. Emily Mahoney, reporter with the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald; and Jessica Foster, anchor and reporter with WJHG-News in Panama City, joined us to discuss the situation in more detail.

Common Core

On Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he wants to erase what’s left of Common Core from public schools. What does this mean for students, teachers and parents? Emily Mahoney and Jessica Bakeman, Education Reporter, WLRN Public Media in Miami, joined us with more.

We had also planned to discuss Gov. DeSantis' executive order pledging to secure $2.5 billion for Florida's environmental issues. Developing news forced us to pivet on that topic. However, here are background stories:

DeSantis Seeks $625 Million For Water Protection Efforts

  • Gov. DeSantis Signs Executive Order Pledging To Secure $2.5B For Fla.’s Environmental Issues

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