Appeals court to decide on students’ rights to opt out of standardized tests

The 1st District Court of Appeal is considering a case that will determine several school boards’ obligations to students who wish to opt out of standardized tests. According to a Feb. 9 report by the News Service of Florida on TheLedger.com, parents of students who had been denied promotion to the fourth grade for their failure…

FSBA Session Spotlight — February 6-10, 2017

Among the key meetings this week, the Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee held a Workshop on Public School Fixed Capital Outlay.  The meeting included a presentation by DOE on the current funding and policies relating to capital outlay projects for traditional public schools and charter schools.  This was followed by two separate panel discussions with…

Florida House budget rule could lead to Senate lawsuit, state government shutdown

Warning of a state government shutdown, the Florida Senate could sue over a House rule that’s supposed to make the budget process more transparent by giving the public advanced notice on hometown spending projects.  But the rule goes too far in the eyes of Florida Senate budget chief Jack Latvala, who said it unconstitutionally binds…