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Florida Republican Senator Rips Bush Foundation With “I’m Over You”

While Lutz republican senator John Legg is justifiably being complemented by many teachers this morning for the improvements to Florida’s test-based accountability system he managed in SB 616, he subtly revealed that Jeb Bush still holds far too much sway … Continue reading

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The Breaking Republican Senate Coalition on Testing

Nobody really knew that Tampa republican senator Tom Lee felt as he did on Florida’s high-stakes testing regime until yesterday when he took to the senate floors made these comments during debate on SB 616: Senator Lee: We’ve gotten an … Continue reading

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Republican Exec Committee From Don Gaetz’ Hometown Calls for Support of Dem Amendments to SB 616

In late filings to SB 616, sponsor Senator John Legg added a provision which brought the bill closer to the House version and Senator Alan Hays – along with a Democrat co-sponsor, Senator Bill Montford – resubmitted his clear language … Continue reading

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Will SB 616 Sponsor John Legg Be the One to Shepherd Through a Temporary Hold Harmless on Testing?

As the week begins, the republican-dominated Florida Senate is still characterized as having a “willingness” to go slowly on accountability provisions in Senator John Legg’s SB 616 testing reform bill. They are recognizing that the state’s new FSA tests are … Continue reading

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Significant Support Emerges for Alan Hays’ Compromise Amendment to Testing Reform Bill

Unlikely allies are rallying around Umatilla republican senator Alan Hays amendment to SB 616 as a compromise on the state’s high-stakes test drama. Writes Jefferey Solochek for Gradebook: A conservative Florida senator with a flair for headline-grabbing proposals could generate … Continue reading

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Janet Adkins Stunning Facebook Post Which Opens the Door for Opt-Out

  In a remarkable two days of Facebook back-and-forth with a handful of Florida parents regarding Florida’s new FSA tests, Fernandina Beach republican state senator Janet Adkins engaged with Sandy Stenoff, co-founder Opt-Out  Florida and Opt-Out Orlando and made the following comment: … Continue reading

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Pam Stewart, FLDOE Are Keeping the Truth From Floridians on FSA Collapse

From an anonymous Florida teacher: Today I got to see the frustration and anger on a kids face. She had finished her essay and was ready to submit, but there wasn’t a submit button. The test was saved and then … Continue reading

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The Florida Department of Education and AIR Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Investigate Themselves

Jeffrey Solochek with Kathleen McGrory asked some experts to comment on Florida’s current chaotic start-up of its new FSA tests which have been administered by the American Institutes of Research (AIR). In the Tampa Bay Times: Last year, Kansas leaders … Continue reading

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Was “Hacktivism” Behind the Denial of Service Attack on Florida’s Testing Contractor?

Last week’s denial of service hack on AIR, the contractor which administrates Florida’s new FSA tests took the state’s long and controversial testing saga to a place which no one really expected. With news that a similar attack took down … Continue reading

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“The FLDOE and AIR Cannot Be Trusted to Investigate Themselves”

So says Fair Test spokesman Bob Schaeffer after news broke that is was an alleged cyber attack which caused FSA testing fails: “A cyber-attack on the Florida testing system is technically possible – one disrupted last year’s online exam in Kansas … Continue reading

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