Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging bill aimed at rolling back the number of tests given to public school students, capping off a discussion that saw Florida Republicans ease back at least slightly on a longstanding principle of the state’s education-reform movement.
Florida is placing limits on standardized tests that were first expanded by former Governor Jeb Bush.
The Florida Senate passed a bill that would have students spend no more than 45 hours a year on standardized tests.
Florida’s new school tests have come under fire from both sides in the Senate.
A bill that would allow designated individuals to carry guns in Florida’s public schools suffered a major setback.
A new effort to limit opportunities for Florida colleges to offer four year degrees is underway.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said Monday that, although school drug testing has hypothetical benefits, it opposes the widespread implementation of schools drug testing students.
Charter schools would get more construction funding, class-size penalties would be relaxed and school districts would be encouraged to enact dress codes under a series of education bills approved Friday by the Florida House.
A bill, passed by the Florida House, could ease class size limits for Florida schools.
The Florida House wants school districts to require students to wear uniforms—a move they say could help improve school safety.