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Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart sat in a circle with about 20 Reynolds Lane Elementary teachers Thursday afternoon.

Scott’s question to the educators: How does Florida attract people to teach and keep them in the field?


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Anger continues to mount over the release this week of preliminary data from the Florida Standards Assessment test students took for the first time last spring.

The Florida Parent Teacher Organization and the Florida School Boards Association have joined with the state's school superintendents to express their lack of trust in the state's school accountability system.

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An investigation into a cyberattack launched earlier this year against the state's computer-testing platform for public schools has ended with no suspects and no apparent motive, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

State officials emphasized that the March incident was what is known as a Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attack — which occurs when someone bombards a server with requests to overload it and make it unable to handle legitimate traffic.

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A study has found the state's new standardized test for public-school students is valid, paving the way for the exam to be used in teacher evaluations and school grades, the Florida Department of Education announced Tuesday.

But critics said the controversial Florida Standards Assessment is still deeply flawed, and that the report is not as flattering as the department is portraying it. Lawmakers required the report in legislation passed this spring, following a slew of technical problems and a cyberattack on a computer platform.

Florida Department of Education

The State Board of Education decided Wednesday to once again ask lawmakers for record per-student funding for public schools — with the lion's share of the increase coming from local taxpayers.

Board members unanimously approved a budget request of nearly $20.2 billion for the main funding formula for public elementary and secondary schools in the fiscal year that begins next July 1. That would set a new benchmark for total funding, up from this year's $19.7 billion, as well as marking the highest per-student amount in state history.

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Florida's top education official has responded  to growing concern and criticism over testing requirements for the state’s most severely disabled students.

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Nearly a hundred changes are being proposed by the Florida Department of Education to the hotly contested Common Core State Standards.