Legislature to hold Special Session

In a joint statement yesterday, House and Senate leaders announced a special session to begin June 1st and conclude June 20th. They are divided on the issue of Medicaid funding from the federal government. Lawmakers must return to the state capital to finish the budget by June 30 and, integral to that decision, is addressing the…

#ThankATeacher

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! We celebrate teachers every day but especially during this special week. We’ve been posting our favorite quotes about teaching on Facebook this week. We also have curated some creative ideas to help you honor your children’s teachers on Pinterest. Join us and participate in the #ThankATeacher campaign on Twitter. We hope you…

House, Senate and Governor face off over budget stalemate

The 2015 Legislative Session abruptly ended without passing a constitutionally required budget. Now, all sides are facing off as they decide how to proceed. The Senate Democrats filed an emergency petition with the Florida Supreme Court arguing that the House violated the state constitution when they abruptly adjourned without notice. The House sharply disagreed. Senate President…

Districts begin to roll back testing

District mandated end of course exams are no longer required in state law thanks to the passage of the testing bill this month. Most districts had been taking steps throughout the spring to reduce the their local testing. However, no district had released new policies on end of course exams since Governor Scott signed HB 7069…

Testing system down…again

According to Jeff Solochek at the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s testing system is having problems today. Florida’s online testing system crashed again Monday morning, after a relatively problem-free week. In a repeat of troubles that occurred during the March writing exams, schools were not able to access the servers of vendor American Institutes for Research.…

Florida testing results not likely until December

Commissioner Pam Stewart told the Board of Education that results from this year’s Florida Standards Assessment will not be available until December. She outlined the steps that have to occur before scores are ready. First, the Florida Department of Education will conduct its regularly scheduled validity study. Then, an independent study will be done as…