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4:03 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Union, School Board Association Announce Lawsuit Over Private School Vouchers

The Florida Education Association, Florida School Board Association and a coalition of other groups want the state courts to do away with the corporate tax scholarship program.

FEA Vice President Joanne McCall sums up her group’s argument against the state’s school voucher program like this:

“People have a choice. If they want they can put their kids in private schools. That’s their right. But it’s not the public’s responsibility.”

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Education
9:31 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Lee County Schools Become First In Florida To Opt Out Of Statewide Testing

Lee County School Board members
Credit leeschools.net

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.

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Education
5:10 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

LWV Florida Challenges Ed Funding as Teachers Union Announces Voucher Lawsuit

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.

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Education
11:09 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Gov. Scott's Revamped Ed Agenda Includes Continued Focus On Higher Ed Tuition

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.

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Education
4:55 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Families With Disabled Kids Fire Back Against Teacher's Union Lawsuit Over New Program

Three moms with disabled children stand with former state Sen. Al Lawson and Goldwater Institute Attorney Clint Bolick
LHatter WFSU News

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.

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