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6:59 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

FEA Re-files Voucher Lawsuit As School Choice Group Runs Pro-Voucher Ads

Denisha Merriweather, a grad student and Jacksonville resident, discusses her support for the state's tax credit scholarship program in a TV ad

A teachers union isn’t backing down from its legal challenges to the state’s largest school choice program.The Florida Education Association has re-filed a lawsuit questioning how lawmakers expanded the so-called school voucher system, and continues moving forward with another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the overall program.

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Education
2:34 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The University of Florida Names A New President

The University of Florida names Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs as its 12th president.
Credit University of Florida

The University of Florida has chosen a new president.

Cornell University Provost Dr. Kent Fuchs, pronounced "fox" will become the 12th president of UF. He will start his new job  New Year's Day, if he is approved by the state university system governing board, the Florida Board of Governors. The BOG will meet Nov. 5 and 6th where it's also expected to take up the ratification of FSU's new president, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine).

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Education
4:36 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Too Much Testing? Parents Try Opting Out As Districts Create Thousands Of New Tests

Credit educationews.org

Florida school district officials are writing thousands of new exams to administer to students this school year. The effort to create end-of-course tests in subjects not evaluated at the state level, is causing more parents, and local education officials to call for a time out on testing.

Tallahassee mom Elizabeth Overholt is fed up.

“It’s a complete mess to start with," she says about the current state of Florida's school accountability system.

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Education
10:01 am
Fri October 3, 2014

School Districts, Kids Face Thousands Of New Tests This Year

Credit University of North Florida / unf.edu

Florida school district officials are writing thousands of new exams to administer to students this school year. The effort to create end-of-course tests in subjects not evaluated at the state level, is causing more parents, and local education officials to call for a time out on testing.

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Education
4:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Florida Education Board Approves $17.5B Funding Request Amid Testing Worries

Florida's Board of Education
Credit Florida Department of Education

The Florida Board of Education’s new budget request promotes Governor Rick Scott’s pledge for record funding of K-12 public schools. If it’s approved by the legislature this Spring, the $17.5 billion request would one for the record books.

Scott has made education funding a priority for the past two years, a reversal from his first year in office when the legislature approved a $1.3 billion cut to public schools. The money has been steadily increasing since then. Now Scott is campaigning on even more money for education.

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