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Education
5:07 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Florida Prepaid Lowers Prices, Issues Refunds For 40,000 Families

Credit myfloridaprepaid.com / Florida Prepaid

About 40,000 Families that purchased prepaid college and university savings plans with the state of Florida could see the costs of those plans drop.

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Education
5:18 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Access Vs. Choice Part Of Dispute Over Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Children participate in a rally against the decision by a coalition of groups to sue over the Tax Credit Scholarship program
Credit LHatter

A constitutional challenge to Florida's de-facto school voucher program has supporters worried it could end if the plaintiffs prevail.

“What do we want? School Choice, when do we want it now!"

This has become the call of pro-school choice advocates in the constant rallies to promote the Florida’s various educational options.  Now one of the options--the popular tax scholarship program used to send low income students to private schools-- is facing a legal challenge. Advocates like Rabbi Moshe Matz of Agudath Israel of Florida in Miami, oppose the move.

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Education
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

Story Update: Just days after voting to opt out of statewide testing, the Lee County School board rescinded its vote.

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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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