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New study finds Florida’s high-stakes school tests valid

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Florida’s new high-stakes test, which came under fire after a chaotic rollout this past spring, is valid, according to a new outside study released Tuesday. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart called the results “welcome news” and said the study showed the test “accurately measures Florida students’ mastery of the standards” in math and reading. “Now all Floridians can share my confidence in the assessment,” Stewart said during a conference call with reporters. But the findings may actually do little to stem…

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Florida Sheriffs Association names Legislative Champions for 2015

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Florida’s leading law enforcement association recognized 10 legislators this week for providing significant advancements in 2015 to the state’s overall public safety. Florida Sheriffs Association is a for-profit corporation representing Florida Sheriffs, as well as nearly 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 Floridians. The association released its annual list of Legislative Champions on Monday night during the group’s Summer Conference in Broward County. State senators named as FSA Legislative Champions for 2015 include Rene Garcia of Hialeah, Denise Grimsley of Sebring, Tampa’s Arthenia Joyner, Jack Latvala of…

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#10 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians – Bob Gualtieri

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Although the Pinellas County sheriff declined the opportunity to run for higher office when the CD 13 seat become open in late 2013, Bob Gualtieri displayed major political skills in 2014. As the legislative chair of the Florida Sheriffs Association, his profile rose dramatically, as he became the face and voice of the FSA in opposing Amendment Two, the 2014 medical marijuana ballot initiative. “So I think this whole advocacy by the proponents is really subterfuge for general recreational legalization,”…

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