DCF, Shakespeare And The Lieutenant Governor

Jan 20, 2014

On The Florida Roundup: After a nine-month vacancy, Gov. Rick Scott picks a new lieutenant governor.  Miami-Dade property appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera becomes the first Hispanic to hold the position.   

“What’s important is to have a great lieutenant governor,” Governor Scott said at a press conference announcing the appointment of Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as lieutenant governor. But, Scott added, “I love the fact he’s Hispanic.”

The governor’s other announcement this week was a $40 million increase for the Department of Children and Families and child abuse investigations, after the deaths of dozens of children who had contact with the agency. But is money the issue? Or the constant turnover in who leads DCF, which still has an interim secretary?

Meantime, state education officials want to make changes to Common Core State Standards. Florida's mark on the Common Core? Calculus and cursive.

Plus: We’ll hear why Miami Beach scrapped the convention center renovation plan and take a look at Haiti, four years after the devastating earthquake.

Host Tom Hudson speaks with Gina Jordan, Christine Di Mattei and Tim Padgett of WLRN-Miami Herald News, Michael Mayo of the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Christina Veiga and Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald.