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June 26, 2014

ELL Accountability Could Complicate Florida's Bid for Waiver Extension

In its request to extend its waiver from No Child Left Behind, Florida seeks to return to its previous practice of waiting until recently arrived ELLs have been in U.S. schools for two years before factoring their scores on content tests into school accountability.

June 25, 2014

How Does Florida's Expanded Tax Credit Scholarship Law Compare Nationally?

Florida's new law broadening tax-credit scholarship eligibility to middle-income families is still far less expansive than other states.

June 20, 2014

Florida Governor Signs Tax-Credit Scholarship Expansion Bill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that will expand the state's tax-credit scholarship program to a larger range of students.

June 20, 2014

Florida Governor Approves Bill to Expand Tax-Credit Scholarship Program

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that will expand the state's tax-credit scholarship program to a larger range of students.

June 20, 2014

Florida Board Adopts New English-Language-Proficiency Standards

The Florida state board agreed to use English-language-proficiency standards developed by WIDA, a 35-state consortium that is also developing new assessments.

June 09, 2014

California and Florida K-12 Lawsuits Treat Resources Differently

Two of the five biggest states by K-12 enrollment, California and Florida, are battlegrounds for new or evolving lawsuits that focus on the adequacy and use of educational resources.

June 03, 2014

Florida Expands Extra-Hour Reading Initiative for Low-Performing Schools

Under the state's new budget, Florida's 300 lowest-performing elementary schools are required to add an hour to the school day and use the time for additional reading instruction.

May 21, 2014

Florida Could Shift Alliances for English-Language-Proficiency Standards, Tests

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart is recommending that Florida join a 35-state consortium known as World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment.

May 07, 2014

Teachers' Union in Florida Fails in Bid to Overturn Evaluation System

Despite federal Judge Mark Walker's criticisms of Florida's evaluation system, he declined to strike it down, saying it was a legal method for judging teachers.

May 06, 2014

'Pop-Tart Guns' Now Permitted in Florida Schools, Actual Guns Still Banned

The "Pop-Tart bill" passed by the legislature restricts some use of zero-tolerance policies. A bill that would have allowed some people to carry guns in schools failed to pass.

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