Lee County made history Wednesday night when school board members voted to opt out of statewide testing effective immediately.
After hearing from dozens of impassioned local activists and parents, Lee County School Board members voted to end state testing in the county’s schools. Supporters, like opt-out sponsor Tom Scott, say it’s an effort to curb excessive standardized testing.
The League of Women Voters is joining a lawsuit against the state over education funding. The moves comes as a state teachers union plans to continue fighting the school voucher program.
The League of Women Voters argues Florida has failed to meet its constitutional obligation to provide a uniform, efficient and high quality public school education. League President Deidre McNabb says the group is concerned the state has gone too far in expanding both charter schools and the school voucher program.
Governor Rick Scott is promising to keep tuition low at the state’s public colleges and universities. It’s on his list of education priorities if he wins a second term. The cost of higher education has consistently been a priority for the governor. Earlier this year, the Florida legislature stripped most public universities of their ability to request tuition hikes. An immediate effect of that move are decreases in the state’s prepaid college program, meaning, more than 56,000 families could see savings.
Six Florida families with disabled children want to block a lawsuit challenging the state’s newest voucher program. They say a move by the state teacher’s union to invalidate a broader bill on educational choice options, is bad policy.