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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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House, Senate and Governor face off over budget stalemate

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

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Legislature passes one education bill this year

Legislature passes one education bill this year

The House abruptly adjourned yesterday afternoon effectively ending the opportunity to pass additional legislation. HB 7069, a sweeping testing reform bill, was the only education bill that made it all the way to the governor’s desk this session. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times: Going into

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Senate finds compromise on student testing

Senate finds compromise on student testing

A Senate panel tweaked its testing bill Wednesday so that the results of this year’s Florida Standards Assessments would not be used to determine whether third-grade students can be promoted, or high school students can graduate until an independent review of the exam is conducted. The amendment

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Senator wants to halt high stakes until Florida gets testing right

Senator wants to halt high stakes until Florida gets testing right

Senator Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, has filed an amendment that would effectively pause 3rd grade retention, remediation, graduation decisions and school grading until the Florida can ensure the tests are valid. The amendment (read here) will be heard in committee Thursday when SB 616 reaches its final committee

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Districts respond to parents and cut local testing

Districts respond to parents and cut local testing

Orange and Seminole Counties have drastically cut the number of required tests for elementary students. Both counties announced last week that they have eliminated end of course exams or “standards based assessments” for kindergarten through 4th grade students. In Orange, 5th graders will not have to take

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