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Koch Foundation Proposal to FSU: Teach Our Curriculum, Get Millions

When the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached.

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Standardized Testing Issues Prompt Statewide Discussion

This week alone several local school boards held serious discussions on the issue of high-stakes and high-frequency testing, which critics say improperly penalizes students and takes up valuable classroom instruction time. However, no concrete action has been taken. Most school boards are wary of being penalized by the state for being non-compliant.

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Lee County Schools Becomes First District To Opt-Out of State-Mandated Testing

This week, the Lee County School board voted 3-2 to opt out of state-mandated standardized testing. The district became the first in the state, and possibly the country, to do so.

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Gov. Rick Scott Quietly Signs In-State Tuition Bill

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill this week allowing the children of undocumented immigrants who have graduated from a Florida high-school to pay in-state tuition. Despite the fact that this was a hard-fought and momentous piece of immigration legislation, Scott has not been publicly celebrating this aspect of the bill.

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Tuition Bill Exposes Immigration Rift In Florida GOP

Momentum for a bill giving in-state tuition to undocumented students in the state has stalled due to a divide within the Florida Legislature’s Republican leadership.

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Report: Florida’s Economic Outlook is ‘Grim’

Florida’s economic outlook is not looking too good, according to a new report.

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Florida Public Schools’ Absentee Problem Examined With Interactive Map

Use this interactive map to find out if your neighborhood school has problems with chronic absenteeism.

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Common Core Standards Force Florida Teachers To Ditch ‘The Great Gatsby’ And Other Classics

The Common Core education standards are prompting consequential and contentious changes in what Florida students read and how books are taught.

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Miami Herald Project Compiles Just How Many Guns Turn Up In Local Schools

By Eric Barton Florida Center for Investigative Reporting It seems common these days to see stories about guns found in schools. It’s so common, in fact, that most of us probably don’t think about just how big of a problem it has become. And that was the impetus to a project by the Miami Herald […]

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Virtual Schools Are Spending Millions of Taxpayer Dollars On Advertising

A new report from USA Today found that virtual school operators are dealing with low enrollment numbers by spending public funds on advertising.

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