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Federal judge says ‘no’ to student promotions case

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From The Associated Press, reprinted with permission: A federal judge has turned down a request from Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and six school districts to take over a lawsuit that challenges the state law preventing some students from being promoted to the fourth grade. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled Friday following an emergency hearing. His decision means that the dispute will head back to state court in Tallahassee. Department of Education and school district lawyers said the case belonged in…

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