Lee County Opt-Out
4:25 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Lee County School Board Reverses Historic State Testing Opt-Out

Activists and parents at Tuesday's special school board meeting.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WGCU

Lee County’s School Board reversed last week’s decision opting the district out of state-mandated testing Tuesday.

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Common Core
3:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Florida Demcorats At Odds Over Standardized Tests

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This summer there's been a big push by the nation's powerful teacher unions to completely revamp the nation's standardized tests mandated under No Child Left Behind and then revamped with the White House’s new Common Core standards.

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Politics
10:06 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Nan Rich Pledges For Crist, Warns Scott Will Be Tough To Beat

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Democratic nominee for governor Charlie Crist stumped the state on Thursday with his former rival Nan Rich and other winners and losers from Tuesday's primary ballot. It was the traditional show of post-primary unity before the launch of the general election campaign. 

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Minimum Wage
9:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Report: Florida's Minimum Wage Less Than Half What It Should Be

A new report says Florida's minimum wage is significantly less than what it takes to live in the Sunshine State.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 5:30 pm

Just in time for Labor Day, a new report finds that Florida’s minimum wage is less than half what workers need to cover basic expenses.

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Education
9:38 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Florida's Teacher Union Says Scholarship Program Is Unconstitutional

The Florida Education Association is challenging the state's private school tax credit scholarship program in court.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:14 pm

When Florida first approved its private school tax credit scholarship program in 2001, Florida Education Association attorney Ron Meyer said education groups questioned the legality, but no one really objected to helping low-income students get out of low-performing schools.

But then the scholarship program started to grow. Lawmakers approved a law that automatically expanded the program each year. Then earlier this year lawmakers raised the income cap. Now, a family of four earning $62,000 can receive a partial scholarship.

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