A Florida House panel gave its unanimous support Monday to a bill that would reduce the amount of testing in public schools.
A similar proposal passed out of its first committee in the Senate last week — albeit along party lines.
A few members of the public weighed in on the House proposal on Monday, including Florida Education Association President Andy Ford.
Ford expressed lingering concerns “about the total amount of time that testing consumes in a school year.” He also referenced the problem-plagued roll out of the new Florida Standards Assessment. Districts across the state had to halt testing last week after students had problems accessing the online testing platform. On Monday, the state education department said cyber attacks were also to blame.