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Poll: Americans want less testing, more funding

Poll: Americans want less testing, more funding

The 47th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is out. The poll, called “Testing Doesn’t Measure Up for Americans,” is the longest continuously running survey of Americans’ attitudes toward public education. Not surprisingly, this year’s survey shows that Americans want less testing




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How one superintendent is moving away from testing

How one superintendent is moving away from testing

Currently, there has been a growing backlash against standardized testing in K-12 education. Parents have long complained that their students are being overtested resulting in a loss of instruction time. Federal and state policies like No Child Left Behind have driven the hyper-testing phenomenon as bureaucrats are hungry for




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What if teachers were treated like athletes?

What if teachers were treated like athletes?

Comedians Key & Peele have done it again. They’ve focused their sharp, satirical wit on the subject of teachers and teaching and have left us wistfully saying, “If only…” From Slate: By now, the lament about how our culture privileges athletics over education is an old one—but Key &




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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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