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John Thrasher denies lobbying for testing firms

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From The St. Augustine Record: Two out-of-state companies that offer education testing paid a lobbying firm where state Sen. John Thrasher was a partner between $60,000 and $190,000 over a two-year period, state records indicate. During the current legislative session, Thrasher, a St. Augustine Republican, sponsored Senate Bill 6, which, among other things, would have required school districts to develop or acquire end-of-course assessment tests. After drawing stiff criticism from educators and teachers’ unions, the bill was vetoed Thursday by…

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