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Panel Picks Utah Contractor to Validate Florida Standards Assessment

May 30, 2015 - 11:30am

A Utah-based testing group is now responsible for reviewing the validity of Florida’s glitch-ridden Florida Standards Assessment test, chosen on Friday by a panel of three men appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.

Hailing from Orem, Alpine Testing Solutions and Washington, D.C.-based edCount will conduct the intensive validity test this summer, working on a time crunch to give Florida the results by the Sept. 1 deadline.

No 'A' and 'B' Grades? In Martin County, That's the Reality

May 28, 2015 - 9:00pm

Ever wondered what school would be like without letter grades? In Martin County, that’s the reality for elementary-aged students -- instead of getting letter grades like “A’s,” “B’s” or “C’s,” students get “M’s,” “P’s,” and “N’s.” If the concept sounds unfamiliar, it’s because it’s not widely used in Florida. The new grading system has left Martin County’s school system all shook up -- and parents aren’t too happy about it.

Gardiner Proposes Medicaid Compromise; Rick Scott Isn't Thrilled

May 27, 2015 - 12:45am

While Florida lawmakers gear up for a special session beginning next week in Tallahassee, a co-star in the cast of next week's extravaganza is putting forward what he dubs a "compromise" on the issue dividing the House and Senate: Medicaid expansion. 

Think Before You Tweet: A Lesson for Florida Politicians

May 27, 2015 - 12:45am

Politicians live in a day and age where it’s easier than ever to write up a quick message to say hello to constituents or give their opinion on breaking news or hot issues. Social media can be elected officials’ greatest companion -- it was pivotal in reaching out to young voters for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and has since been a tool to easily create name recognition nationwide.

But on the flip side, the ease of composing a tweet or a Facebook post can sometimes put politicians in a precarious position.

Invasion of the Big D's: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Will Look for Serious Cash

Gun Groups Rejoice: Scott Signs Emergency Evacuation Bill Into Law

Still Unanswered: What's the Florida Democratic Party Plan?

FSBA to Lawmakers: Pass Record-High Education Budget

State: Math End-of-Course Tests Won't Count Toward Final Grades

Circuit Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Voucher Program

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