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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and McGraw-Hill are battling over a lucrative contract to provide a new series of state tests to Florida.

And the News Service of Florida is reporting that McGraw-Hill executives are accusing the Florida Department of Education of giving its competitor an unfair look that landed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt the job.

"The dispute stems in part from whether the company that won the contract would be able to use the test items in other places, and whether Houghton Mifflin Harcourt should have been able to assume that tens of thousands of test items would be produced by Florida educators before it actually had an arrangement with those teachers to help develop the questions."

Department officials would not comment on the pending litigation. 

[Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 6:18am]


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