Education

Governor Rick Scott has issued an executive order suspending at least one of the state-mandated exams students have to take, and that’s just the start of Florida’s efforts to dial back its testing requirements amid public discontent.

Florida’s private child care providers say they’re largely in support of a bill that increases health and safety regulations in their early learning and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs. But they’re worried about language involving parental notification.  

The long-established Florida School Board Association is facing a challenge from a new organization. The new group forms in the wake of the FSBA’s decision to join a lawsuit contesting the state’s corporate tax scholarship program and turnover in local school board races.

Florida School Boards Association President Wayne Blanton sees parallels between the election, the decision by the FSBA to join a lawsuit over the corporate tax scholarship program, and the creation of a new group calling itself the Florida Coalition of School Board members.

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A Tallahassee Judge is weighing whether to allow a constitutional challenge to the state’s tax credit scholarship program to proceed. Since its inception, the program has been a target for legislative challenges, but the current pending litigation has generated larger, more expansive efforts by supporters to get the lawsuit tossed.

FHSAA

Florida Lawmakers are looking to change the rules for high school athletics, and the association that oversees high school sports is once again under scrutiny.

House Education committee members polled local school officials to get their take on the Florida High School Athletics Association. Committee Chairwoman Marlene O’Toole says she wants to make sure there’s a level playing field.

"I want kids to play sports," she says. "If I get the opportunity to move to a better zip code and it’s the middle the year, or before the end of a game, I should have the right to do that.”

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