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March 03, 2015

Big Fla. Districts Report Online-Testing Woes; Some Exams Suspended

"It's not a problem [the district itself] can fix," said a spokeswoman for the 260,000-student Broward County district regarding early Florida testing problems.

February 13, 2015

Before Common Core: Jeb Bush's 2005 Emails Show His Thinking on Standards

"If they are weak, let us strengthen them," the then-Florida governor wrote in an email from 10 years ago after a negative report about the state's content standards.

February 10, 2015

Steering Clear of Common Core, Jeb Bush Decries Schools That Fail Poor Students

Bush, the former Florida governor who is mulling a White House run, advocated for choice, assessment, and a low-profile for federal policymakers in K-12.

February 04, 2015

Fla. Bill Would Cap Testing, Cut Test Scores' Weight in Evaluations

Florida Sen. John Legg is seeking to reduce standardized testing in Florida and give districts more options for local assessments and how they're used in teacher evaluations.

February 03, 2015

Three Florida Counties Selected for New District-Charter Collaboration Grants

Districts across the country have sought to forge such ties, but Florida's effort is unique because it's being led by the state.

January 22, 2015

Fired Florida School Chief Still a Finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

MaryEllen Elia, the schools chief in Hillsborough County, Fla., was fired by the school board this week, days after she appeared in Washington as one of four finalists for national superintendent of the year.

January 21, 2015

Why Private Schools Are Opting Out of Voucher Programs

Regulation and maintaining independence are the primary reasons private schools choose not to participate in voucher or tax-credit scholarship programs, according to a new report

January 21, 2015

Two GOP Governors, Two Plans to Spend Big on Education in Florida and Nevada

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, wants more money for schools, even though voters rejected a ballot measure designed to increase K-12 spending last year.

January 20, 2015

Florida District Fires National Superintendent of the Year Finalist

The Hillsborough County, Fla., school board has ousted veteran schools chief MaryEllen Elia, triggering a $1.1 million buyout of her contract.

January 16, 2015

Parents, Educators, Anti-Testing Critics Attend 'Opt-Out' Conference

Critics of high-stakes standardized testing are gathering for a national conference this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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