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“The final quarter of the year is known as testing season”

The final quarter  won’t actually get under way until the end of March. Still, FEA president Andy Ford’s narrative of facts on the ground he includes  in a column for the Orlando Sentinel is a useful one We’ve begun the new … Continue reading

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Despite Assurances, FSA Failures Erupt in Dade, Duval and Pasco Counties

From the Florida Times Union: Duval Public Schools called off testing again today, the fourth day that tens of thousands of students across Florida were supposed to be writing essays for the state’s new online annual exams. This is the … Continue reading

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With Scapegoat On Board, FSA Testing Continues to Collapse Across the State

  As the school day arrived a faceless corporate scapegoat emerged to take the blame for the previous day’s FSA testing collapse. Gradebook‘s Jeffrey Solochek reports: AIR Assessment, the organization delivering the tests for Florida, accepts full responsibility for the difficulty,” … Continue reading

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“This Could Have Been Avoided”

From NW Florida Daily News reporters Katie Tammen: Santa Rosa County School District didn’t have any major issues but Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said he was beyond frustrated with the situation playing out across the state. “What aggravates me the most … Continue reading

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“More Students Are Expected to Flunk”

These are the first words in this morning’s article by Christina Veiga in the Miami Herald: More students are expected to flunk. School districts warn they might not be ready. And parents are threatening to boycott. Ready or not — … Continue reading

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A Familiar Pattern: Jeb Bush Bussed in Supporters to Cheer Him At CPAC

Writing in PJMedia, Paula Bolyard, provides this from Slate’s Betsy Woodruff:  It sounds like Jeb Bush’s supporters are taking CPAC pretty seriously this year. Emails provided to Slate show that backers of the former Florida governor are busing supporters from … Continue reading

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Inside Rick Scott’s Budget Proposals For Education

Writing for PolitiFact, the joint Miami Herald-Tampa Bay Times venture, Joshua Gillin and Amy Sherman have a useful overview of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s budgetary initiatives for education. There’s good and bad. Let’s take a look: (Scott) pledged to investigate every … Continue reading

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So Florida’s Voucher Program is Costing Taxpayers After All

The political arm of Florida’s voucher program have long scoffed at the idea that it’s program, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, didn’t take money away from public schools. Maybe not directly, but Rick Scott’s recent proposal to increase property … Continue reading

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About Those Tests Florida Kids Take Next Week: Utah Republicans Want to Suspend and Replace Them

Florida children will begin taking new high-stakes test next week which were “rented” from Utah. But, Tallahassee, we have a problem. Apparently Utah doesn’t like the tests very much. Writes Katie McKellar from Deseret News in this KSL.com piece: SALT … Continue reading

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If Only Florida Republican Legislators Had Actually Listened to Teachers

Niceville senator Don Gaetz knows better, but the live TV opportunity was too good to pass up. When FEA vice president Joanne McCall testified earlier this month that teachers weren’t generally against testing, Gaetz retorted that the FEA hasn’t supported … Continue reading

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