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Florida House passes bill mandating recess at public schools

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The Florida House wants to give kids a little down time. The House voted 112-2 on Thursday to approve a bill (HB 833) that requires public schools to provide 100 minutes of recess each week in kindergarten through fifth grade. It also applies to sixth-grade students enrolled in schools with one or more elementary grades. “This is about recess,” said Rep. Bob Cortes, the bill’s co-sponsor. “We’re teaching our children … but they also need a break. It has a…

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Jeff Eakins: School grades just one part of whole education picture

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What do school grades really mean this year? It’s a question I’ve been asked whenever I meet parents, employees, and attend community events. The way the state is calculating school grades for the 2014-2015 school year only, is very different than it has been in years past, or will be in future years. The state has always touted its accountability system as a system with integrity that has kept a balance between student proficiency and student growth. However, that is not the case for the…

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Bill filed to protect students from online marketing

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A state senator has filed legislation to protect Florida’s K-12 students from websites that mine personal information online. Tallahassee Democrat Bill Montford, a former county schools superintendent, filed his bill (SB 1146) Wednesday. The “Student Online Personal Information Protection Act” says websites and applications aimed at students can’t “target” their advertising, create marketing profiles or sell any “personally identifiable information” they may glean. It allows exceptions as long as the purpose is not “in the furtherance of advertising or to…

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