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Broken promises: state late again

Broken promises: state late again

Another deadline has come and gone with districts still waiting for exam results from the state. The state promised districts a list of students in the bottom quintile of the Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 tests by June 8th. As of this writing, no results have




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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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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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Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Graduation ceremonies are underway across Florida. We here at the Alliance for Public Schools want to send a huge CONGRATULATIONS to all graduates! You’ve reached this milestone through your hard work and perseverence with the help of teachers, families and caring adults. We can’t wait to see what




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MaryEllen Elia hired as NY’s Commissioner of Education

MaryEllen Elia hired as NY’s Commissioner of Education

In a unanimous vote today, the New York Board of Education voted to hire MaryEllen Elia as their new Commissioner of Education. This from the Tampa Bay Times: The workforce and budget of the New York Department of Education are about a tenth the size of those




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Florida’s Testing Fiasco- a recap

Florida’s Testing Fiasco- a recap

As recently as Wednesday, there were still reports of major testing problems happening in school districts across the state. Florida lawmakers had passed a series of laws requiring everything from annual tests in every subject (resulting in 7 “final exams” for kindergarteners in some districts) to adopting




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No teacher pay or summer programs if government shuts down

No teacher pay or summer programs if government shuts down

The 2015 Legislative Session ended in a budget stalemate when the House abruptly left the Capitol. The Republican controlled House and Senate are sharply divided over the issue of Medicaid funding. They have jointly agreed to return on June 1st for a special session to pass a

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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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Orange County announces plan to “do no harm” with new district final exams

Orange County announces plan to “do no harm” with new district final exams

Superintendent Jenkins announced this morning that Orange County Public Schools will drastically change the new district end of course exam policy called common finals.  The superintendent stated that scores for the finals would be used only if they improved a student’s grade.  The finals were implemented this year




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Legislative leaders announce special session agenda

Legislative leaders announce special session agenda

Speaker of the House Crisafulli and Senate President Gardiner released a joint statement on Friday outlining the scope of the special session. They will convene on June 1st at 11 p.m. and promise to have a budget ready for Governor Scott’s signature before the fiscal year expires




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