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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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Florida testing results not likely until December

Florida testing results not likely until December

Commissioner Pam Stewart told the Board of Education that results from this year’s Florida Standards Assessment will not be available until December. She outlined the steps that have to occur before scores are ready. First, the Florida Department of Education will conduct its regularly scheduled validity study.




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US Senators work on bipartisan effort to revise No Child Left Behind

US Senators work on bipartisan effort to revise No Child Left Behind

Senators will begin working on the details of reauthorizing No Child Left Behind in Washington this afternoon. This from NPR: “News flash: Members of the U.S. Senate will work across party lines Tuesday for the sake of America’s students. Well, at least for a few more days.




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Testing bill headed to governor’s desk

Testing bill headed to governor’s desk

UPDATE: Governor Scott signed the testing bill into law Tuesday saying, “I agree with many teachers and parents who say we have too many tests, and while this legislation is a great step forward, we will keep working to make sure Florida students are not over tested.”




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Florida lawmakers need to do more work to fix testing

Florida lawmakers need to do more work to fix testing

At least for the Senate, it is becoming clearer that Florida families are fed up with standardized student tests and the enormous weight they carry on student advancement, teacher evaluation and school letter grades. As Republican Sen. Tom Lee of Brandon said last week, “There is too




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Florida Senate scales back testing; Openly admits mistakes

Florida Senate scales back testing; Openly admits mistakes

The Florida Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would rein in the state’s education accountability system, but not before a showing of Republican outrage and promises that the Legislature’s job of testing reform isn’t done. Senators voted 32-4 to approve their version of a public-school




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Florida House passes plan to funnel millions to charter school developers

Florida House passes plan to funnel millions to charter school developers

Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools. The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the




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Proposed bill to allow guns on school campuses

Proposed bill to allow guns on school campuses

Two bills that would allow superintendents to designate a person or persons to conceal and carry a weapon or firearm in district schools are gaining legislative speed. House Bill 19 and Senate Bill 180, named “School Safety,” are moving through the committee process, inching closer to Gov.




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