Schools Suspend FCAT Because Of Computer Problems

Schools are suspending today’s FCAT testing because some school districts are having computer issues. The Florida Department of Education says the problem is with testing firm Pearson. The problem is not statewide, they said, but they’ve advised districts having issues to suspend testing. The Tampa Bay Times reports Pasco County schools have stopped testing. Pasco County schools’…

Opting Out Of FCAT Can Have Consequences

Monday (4-21-2014) we told you about activists who are educating parents about what their options are when it comes to FCAT exams. While state law doesn’t allow parents to withhold their children from the exam, the law does outline alternatives to required tests. But opting out might still come with some consequences. A parent forwarded…

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 04-22-2014

BUDGET ALERT – YOUR ACTION REQUESTED The Education Budget Conference Committee held its first meeting last night.  The House presented its first offer on the education budget and budget proviso language.  Elements of the House offer, coupled with adjustments to align the budget with approved allocations and with adjustments to align with the 4th Calculation…

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 04-21-2014

BUDGET UPDATE The House announced their budget conferees today and the first organizational meeting was held this evening. House members that will serve on the Education Budget Conference Committee are Representatives Erik Fresen (chair), Janet Adkins, Larry Ahern, Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, Karen Castor Dentel, Heather Fitzenhagen, Jeanette Nunez, Keith Perry, Jake Raburn, Betty Reed, Charlie Stone,…

2014 Legislative Session Video Update #6

This Video Update features Dr. Wayne Blanton discussing the next week’s Passover and Easter holiday and the remaining term of the Legislative Session, SB 864 and HB 921 relating to adoption of instructional materials, HB 7167 and SB 1620 relating to the Tax Credit Scholarship Program, and SB 1528 and HB 7083 relating to Charter Schools.  Dr. Blanton encourages…

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 04-11-2014

TODAY’S HAPPENINGS In the House Economic Affairs Committee: HB 147 – Concrete Masonry Education by Caldwell – PASSED WITH A CS Creates Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council, Inc.; requires council to operate under written contract with DEO; provides powers & duties of council; provides restrictions; provides for appointment & terms of governing board of council;…