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Florida school assessment tests may be on the way out

The end may be near for Florida’s standardized school tests. A bill that would implement Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to end Florida standards assessments was unanimously approved by his first Senate committee on Tuesday. The Senate Education Committee approved the bill (SB 1048), sponsored by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah. The measure aims to replace the current standardized testing system with what Diaz described as a “computer-coordinated screening and progress monitoring program” starting in the 2022-2023 school year. More from the News Service of Florida and the Tampa Bay Weather.

Feds approve Florida plan on how to spend education money

The US Department of Education has approved Florida’s plan for how the state intends to spend billions of dollars in federal aid for schools, after the money was withheld due to a delay in the submission of the proposal by the State. Federal authorities had withheld a third of the more than $7 billion allocated to Florida schools under the American Rescue Plan Act, a stimulus law passed last year. About $2.35 billion was paid to the state last week. [Source: News Service of Florida]

UF brings a scientist to every school in Florida

Students and teachers across Florida learn more about scientists and their work through UF’s Scientist in Every Florida School program. Bruce MacFadden, director of the Thompson Earth Systems Institute, oversees the program and explains how the program got started and why it is important. [Source: UF News]

Florida State University System Launches MyFloridaFuture

MyFloridaFuture is an exciting new interactive tool designed to help students and families make more informed decisions about post-secondary education options in the Florida State University system. MyFloridaFuture allows users to explore both system-level and individual institution-level data that provides valuable information about employment, salaries, and debt for graduates of Florida’s 12 public universities. [Source: Florida Trend]

Florida officials tried to direct the education contract at the former lawmaker’s company

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Education Department is under fire for trying to secure a multi-million dollar contract from a company whose CEO has ties to the state education commissioner. Records and interviews show that before the Florida Department of Education asked for bids, it was already in advanced talks with the company to get the job done, reversing a process designed to weed out patronage. The company is MGT Consulting, led by former Republican lawmaker Trey Traviesa of Tampa, a longtime colleague of state education commissioner Richard Corcoran. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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› Northwest Florida is feeling the effects of teacher shortages
Across the country, the teaching profession is rapidly fading. Crushing workloads have multiplied for teachers since the start of the pandemic, leaving more than a third of teaching positions vacant nationwide. Northwest Florida is no exception to this problem. Since the start of the 2020-21 school year, 405 teachers have resigned or retired in the Santa Rosa County School District. Escambia County does not calculate vacancies, but board meeting agendas show at least 120 teachers have quit since August, while at least 40 job openings are listed for teachers. teachers.

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