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Florida officials work to reduce testing

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has issued an executive order that suspends one test in his state’s schools for 11th grade students and called for legislation to review and reduce other testing.
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Education Savings Accounts catching on in additional states

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Education Savings Accounts were first approved in Arizona in 2012 as a statewide reform. An ESA program underwent a fast implementation process in Florida in 2014, where this year 1,600 students received funds.
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Feds pressure Chicago schools to administer PARCC tests

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CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools officials announced they will administer the Common Core-aligned tests to all students, after attempting to limit the tests to a small group of students for the first year of testing.
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Bobby Jindal speaks against Common Core at CPAC

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told a crowd of his constituents at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) what he believes their priorities should be going forward. Repealing Common Core Standards was among his desired goals for America.
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Former teachers union lobbyist embraces school choice for his daughter

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RALEIGH – Brian Lewis used to fight school vouchers. He was the chief lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of Educators, the state teachers union. Vouchers threaten teachers unions’ power by diffusing children and education authority more broadly among parents and schools.
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Fewer Wisconsin school district unions recertify

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MADISON, Wis. – Only 305 Wisconsin school districts’ unions sought recertification this November, dropping from 408 that did the year before. Additionally, state employees voted to decertify 25 school district unions.
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WV school district ‘harassing’ parents with unending phone calls as homeschooling surges

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RITCHIE COUNTY, W.V. – Homeschooling families in Ritchie County, West Virginia have been subjected to a barrage of phone calls from the local school district intended to convince them to reenroll their children in public schools. Some parents considered the calls harassment. Despite apologies from the school superintendent by phone, the calls continued.
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How the free market can save American education

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CHICAGO – Only one week after Election Day, Washington, DC’s focus has shifted from furious campaigning to National Education Week and the Thought Leader Summit (held from Nov. 10–13), “a gathering of the leaders from education, business, and government who define and shape trends in public and private education.”
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College Board still hiding behind its revisionist American History

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CHICAGO – In a famous scene in the Wizard of Oz, the little dog Toto unexpectedly pulls back a curtain hiding the “great and powerful” wizard. Stunned by his discovery, the wizard initially warns Dorothy and her friends to “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” But Dorothy is not fooled, and accuses Oz of being “a humbug.”
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