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Ash Williams, a state worker largely unknown outside of the investment world who helped build a now nearly $200 billion savings account for the one million members of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), quietly steps into retirement Friday. 

With its overseer and chief defender leaving, what’s next for Florida’s state pension fund?

With COVID-19 vaccinations a political battleground, fallout from the fight could be filtering down to Florida schools: In some counties, not enough kids are getting their routine back-to-school shots.

Public health officials worry when even a small amount of schoolchildren aren’t immunized for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and more. They fear the combative divide over COVID-19 vaccinations – driven by so much misinformation – is creating a new threat in Florida classrooms.

The Florida Legislature’s plan to investigate political speech on university and college campuses is on schedule to survey students, faculty and staff in the Spring 2022 semester. 

University Chancellor Marshall Criser told a House subcommittee Wednesday he is working with the Institute of Politics at Florida State University to develop an “intellectual diversity assessment” that will measure the level of tolerance of political speech on the state’s 12 public university campuses.

Meanwhile, Gov. Ron DeSantis has instructed his secretary of state, Laurel Lee, to look into whether Facebook influenced Florida’s state and local elections. DeSantis cited a Wall Street Journal investigation into Facebook’s creation of an elite list of users exempt from its rules. 

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This article originally appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: What’s next for Florida’s state pension fund?

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