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Senate Education Chairman Wants Questions And Comments About Common Standards

The chairman of the Senate education committee is asking residents to send him their questions about Florida’s new math, English and literacy standards, known as Common Core. Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, has posted the Common Core standards to the Senate website and wants to hear questions and complaints before lawmakers return to Tallahassee next year. […]

Florida Matters — How Schools Are Preparing For New Technology Requirements

Florida schools are gearing up for new education standards and accompanying online testing. Schools must also prepare to deliver half of all classroom instruction digitally by 2015. So what will this mean for students, teachers and schools? It’s the subject of this week’s Florida Matters on WUSF radio. Senate Education Committee chairman John Legg, Hillsborough […]

PARCC: Florida’s Departure Won’t Sink Next Generation Test

Florida Legislative leaders left no wiggle room in last week’s letter to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett: They want Florida to pull out of a multi-state partnership developing a next generation standardized test to (mostly) replace the FCAT. Florida is not the first state to consider withdrawing from the group, known as the Partnership for the […]

A Q & A With Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg

Port Richey Republican Sen. John Legg has founded a charter school and is chairman of the Senate Education committee. So people listened when Legg raised some of the first warnings about whether Florida would be ready for new English, literacy and math standards — and the accompanying tests — by the start of the 2014 […]

Florida’s Next State Tests Should Not Be Taken With Pencil And Paper, Senator Says

Florida shouldn’t have one group of students taking the next generation standardized test online while other students use pencil and paper versions, according to the chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Sen. John Legg, R-Port Richey, said students should all be taking the same kind of test. “I have some great reservations about having two […]

Bill Would Delay Next Generation Test Until Schools Have Technology Ready

The chairman of the Senate education committee has introduced a bill postponing the next generation of standardized tests until Florida schools prove they have technology and broadband capable of handling the computerized tests. Sen. John Legg’s bill, S.B. 1630, would require school and district information technology systems “be load tested and independently verified as appropriate, […]

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