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March 7, 2014 via St. Augustine Record

Voucher program could be expanded

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida program that helps low-income children attend private schools, many of them religious, could undergo a substantial expansion under a bill that moved ahead Thursday in the state Legislature.... Full article

March 4, 2014 via Miami Herald

Senate panel supports push to simplify school grades

The Senate Education Committee got right to work Tuesday morning, approving a proposal that would simplify the oft-criticized school grading formula. Full article

March 4, 2014 via Miami Herald

Will vouchers play a major role in the 2014 session? It sure seems so.

If the first day of session was any indication, school vouchers will be a hot topic over the next 60 days. Full article

March 2, 2014 via Miami Herald

Pension tension: House lawmakers call out Gov. Rick Scott’s administration for study delay

Despite outward signs of support, Gov. Rick Scott's administration quietly endangered a top priority of fellow Republicans in the Legislature by delaying a financial analysis needed to help justify a public-worker pension-reform plan. Full article

February 26, 2014 via Tampa Bay Times

Testing for profoundly disabled children gets increased attention

TALLAHASSEE — While her 11-year-old son Ethan lay dying last month, Andrea Rediske had to convince the boy's school district he could not take the state tests. Full article

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April 10, 2014 posted by Lane Wright

The Penny Vote

Last week I set up a table in the courtyard of the Florida Capitol with three glass jars and about 7,000 pennies in a bright orange bucket. In front of three glass jars were three actual school budgets from school districts in Texas. Read more

March 26, 2014 posted by Hoang Nguyen

Five Great Reasons Florida Needs to Support Fiscal Transparency in Education

We all want to see Florida’s students succeed, and increasing fiscal transparency in our education system can help make that happen. Read more

February 28, 2014 posted by Lane Wright

Evaluations Foster Great Teaching, and Great Teachers Help Kids Shine

Teacher evaluations, student achievement, and this thing called “VAM” have been discussed a lot lately in the Florida media, and rightfully so. They all have to do with our kids’ success in school, which has a direct impact on the rest of their lives. Read more

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