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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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  1. A Luddite laments a bookless library for Florida Poly

    College

    If you have ever spent time at the library, in the cool quiet with the dusty-clean smell of books all around you, these may be bleak words:

    Florida Polytechnic University’s Science and Technology Building is a bold statement for innovation, but should the institution’s appetite for the cutting edge be the death knell for cover-bound books at the library on its Lakeland campus?
  2. Over-testing in schools? Lee County's vote has educators talking about it

    Testing

    The debate over high stakes testing in Florida schools has raged for years.

    Lee County School Board member Don Armstrong, a longtime testing opponent, looks on after Wednesday’s milestone vote.
  3. Legal challenge takes aim at Florida's school voucher program

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The statewide teachers union, school boards association and PTA filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Florida's school voucher program.

  4. Sunlake students flying high in commendations

    K12

    LAND O'LAKES

    When asked what they did over their summer vacations, Sunlake High School students Matthew Andresen and Jonathan Quiros could offer some unusual answers. Between them, these two students flew an airplane, earned a special commendation from a brigadier general and participated in flight and battle …

    Sunlake High school students Jonathan Quiros, 17, left, and Matthew Andresen, 16, have big ambitions.
  5. Pasco district's 8.5 program helps struggling students transition to high school

    K12

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Until almost the last minute, Joseph Salvatore didn't think he would make it to Gulf High School.

    Joseph Salvatore, 14, is a Gulf High School student in the Pasco school district’s new 8.5 program.
  6. At heated meeting, Lee County School Board votes to 'opt out' of standardized tests

    K12

    Lee County Schools made history Wednesday night when they voted to become the first school district in the state to opt out of all statewide, standardized tests.

  7. USF shows off student technology projects

    College

    JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

    Jason Maynard shows Ashley Metelus, left, how to play Connect Four with Baxter, an assistive robot at the "Cirque du Student Success" on Wednesday in the Interdisciplinary Science Building on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus. The technology showcase was an opportunity for …

     Jason Maynard, second from left, shows Ashley Metelus, left, how to play Connect Four with Baxter, an assistive robot at the "Cirque du Student Success" Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 in the Interdisciplinary Science Building on USF's Tampa campus.  The technology showcase was an opportunity for students to show off their research, entrepreneurial skills and groundbreaking inventions to state legislators, Florida Board of Governors members and regional business leaders .
  8. Enrollment up at SPC, Eckerd's 'Current' named top student publication in Florida

    College

    Enrollment up at SPC

    St. Petersburg College reports that enrollment is up 2.2 percent over last year at this time. The school says 32,350 students were signed up for classes when the fall term started last week. Enrollment among first-time college students was up 8.8 percent overall and up nearly 20 percent among …