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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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Florida House abruptly ends session; declares “sine die”

Florida House abruptly ends session; declares “sine die”

Today, the House abruptly declared “sine die” and adjourned. The Senate is still in session but many bills are now dead. A special session will be called in order to pass a budget. Here’s more from the Florida School Boards Association’s Ruth Melton: The Florida House of Representatives

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Districts begin to roll back testing

Districts begin to roll back testing

District mandated end of course exams are no longer required in state law thanks to the passage of the testing bill this month. Most districts had been taking steps throughout the spring to reduce the their local testing. However, no district had released new policies on end of

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Testing system down…again

Testing system down…again

According to Jeff Solochek at the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s testing system is having problems today. Florida’s online testing system crashed again Monday morning, after a relatively problem-free week. In a repeat of troubles that occurred during the March writing exams, schools were not able to access

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