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Senate Passes Education Bill

Senate Passes Education Bill

In a show of overwhelming bipartisan support Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to pass sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The vote was 81-17 and came after a week of amendments, negotiations and debate. Last week, the House passed its own version and there are




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Declare Independence from Testing

Declare Independence from Testing

As you celebrate Independence Day with your families, we urge you to declare independence from testing for all students.   This week, the Senate will debate the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act– the expired law of the land that controls education policy. Also known as “No




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Congress leaves kids behind

Congress leaves kids behind

As high school graduation season wraps up around the country, the class of 2015 has one unique characteristic you might not be aware of. This year’s graduates are the first class in the nation to complete all 13 years of schooling under the law known as “No




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Less money for schools than promised

Less money for schools than promised

Florida lawmakers are wrapping up the budget work that was so contentious it required a special session to complete. Most issues have been settled including the education budget. Last minute negotiations on special projects and other issues are underway. However, they hope to have it done in time




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Schools Likely Losers in Budget Fight

Schools Likely Losers in Budget Fight

News out of Tallahassee Tuesday night says the House and Senate have reached an agreement on education spending levels. Reportedly, they have agreed to a modest 3% increase that puts school spending below 2002 funding levels. Governor Scott campaigned on investing in K-12 education and proposed a record




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Legislature returns to Tallahassee for special session

Legislature returns to Tallahassee for special session

The Florida Legislature opened the special session Monday in Tallahassee. Because they ended regular session without passing a budget, legislative leaders had to convene a special session in order to avoid a government shut down. The House and Senate are still at odds over federal Medicaid funding and




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Hillsborough rolls out options for students on exams

Hillsborough rolls out options for students on exams

In a press conference Tuesday, Hillsborough Superintendent Jeff Eakins outlined his plan to give options to students that took the Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry state end of course exams. Florida’s Department of Education announced Monday that the exams will not count for a grade this




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Algebra I, II and Geometry EOCs will not count this year

Algebra I, II and Geometry EOCs will not count this year

BREAKING: The Florida Department of Education announced that Algebra I, II and Geometry End of Course exams will not count this year. This from the Tampa Bay Times Gradebook blog: In a memo to superintendents, Lyons wrote that the state will not have completed its independent validity




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Governor warns of possible “government shutdown”

Governor warns of possible “government shutdown”

Governor Scott issued a statement that asks agencies to identify their critical needs in case the Florida Senate and House cannot come to agreement on a state budget by July 1st. He blamed a possible government shutdown on the Senate and their push to expand Medicaid. From




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Legislature to hold Special Session

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




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