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Lee County School Board member Don Armstrong, a longtime testing opponent, looks on after Wednesday’s milestone vote.Associated Press

Lee County votes to opt out of state tests

The debate over high stakes testing in Florida schools has raged for years. Parent groups have railed against it. School board leaders have deplored it. Just four days ago, Gov. Rick Scott called on his Department of Education to conduct a "thorough investigation" of standardized tests. It took a vote by the Lee Co …

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