On the eve of the Session, thousands of teachers will converge on The Capitol to push for better education funding. While Gov. Ron DeSantis is recommending close to a billion dollars in new money for salaries and bonuses, the Florida Education Association says it doesn’t go far enough, though it’s a good start.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The Florida Sierra Club releases its report card on the Gov.’s first year in office. Although DeSantis has received glowing reviews on environmental issues, after eight years of Rick Scott, it’s almost impossible not to do better.
— Bear poachers are in the crosshairs. A bill seeking to increase penalties for people who kill bears out of season is already moving in the Legislature. There is no season now and there hasn’t been a legal bear hunt in Florida in almost 4 years, but poaching is a problem — thanks to sky-high prices in China for bear bile and gall bladders.
— State Rep. Byron Donalds is a pro-
— Today’s Florida Woman update: A former beauty queen accused of keeping the Social Security money that was supposed to pay for her mom’s nursing home.