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Florida could erase part of public school testing law

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Florida could push ahead with a dramatic overhaul of school tests under a far-reaching bill now moving in the state Senate. State senators crafted the proposal together amid arguments over how much testing should be allowed in the state’s public schools. The Senate Education Committee voted for the bill on Monday. The measure (SB 926) would eliminate four end-of-year exams that are now required in civics, United States history, geometry and Algebra II. The legislation would allow school districts to…

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Just imagine huge can of worms opened by religious liberty bill

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The Hillsborough County public school district has straightforward rules in its student handbook about religion. It says students can talk about religion, practice their religion, can be excused to observe a religious holiday, and – most important for the context of our discussion today – decide for themselves whether they want to participate in things such as student-led prayer or other practices. The basic rule is this: If students lead the religious activity – fine. If teachers or administrators take…

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