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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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Florida Education Legislative Update – Bill introduced to eliminate 11th grade English Language Arts assessments

Florida Education Legislative Update – Bill introduced to eliminate 11th grade English Language Arts assessments

An update on testing legislation: The House passed their testing bill through a committee today. The bill “eliminates the statewide 11th-grade English Language Arts assessment, prohibits districts from administering final exams in courses where there are statewide, standardized end-of-course exams, and allows districts to use teacher assistants




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Glitches pop up in new state tests; first round postponed in Miami-Dade

Glitches pop up in new state tests; first round postponed in Miami-Dade

More than half of the school districts in Florida experienced problems with the new FSA test today. As the Florida Legislative Session opens, we need to urge our lawmakers to pass common sense laws on accountability that are fair to students and teachers.  From Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, “Bandwidth




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