Florida

Florida Launches New Report Cards

Jeffrey S. Solochek reports for the Tampa Bay Times that ESSA “placed several new requirements on states, to make it easier for parents to access and understand data about how their schools and districts are performing.” And this week, Florida delivered on part of these...

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Florida Lawmakers Introduce ELL-Exam Bill

Jeffrey S. Solochek reports for the Tampa Bay Times that two Miami-area Democrats in the state legislature have introduced companion legislation (SB 1590 / HB 1213) that would allow Florida’s English-language learner students to take state exams in their first language. If approved, “the measure...

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Florida, Fed Impasse Could Cost Sunshine State $1.1 Billion

Daarel Burnette II at Education Week takes a look at ESSA and Florida—the only state still awaiting federal approval for its accountability plan. “We’re still working with the feds,” Cheryl Etters, a spokeswoman for the state’s department of education told Education Week. “As soon as we have...

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Florida (Finally) Submits Revised Plan

According to Jeffrey Solochek in the Tampa Bay Times, the Florida Department of Education has submitted its revised ESSA plan, “months after the U.S. Education department said multiple revisions were needed.” In the updated version, state education officials said they “had filed for a waiver...

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Sunshine State Gets Extended ESSA Revisions Deadline

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Florida has received an additional extension to update its ESSA plan. State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart was required to submit revisions by February 16—which was already an extension from the original January 4 deadline—but Stewart asked the U.S. Department...

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