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PARCC to Shorten Tests Following Parent, Teacher Outcry

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium, which receives funding from the federal government to create assessments for Common Core Standards, plans to shorten their tests. The Washington Post reports PARCC’s Common Core exams, which began in 11 states and  Washington DC this year, will be around 90 minutes shorter in the coming school year. This will reduce testing times for third graders from 9 hours and 45 minutes to 8 hours and 25 minutes...

Florida Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Tax Credit Scholarship Program

A circuit court judge tossed out a lawsuit against school vouchers in Florida, according to a redifinED report. The Florida PTA, a state teachers union, the Florida School Boards Association, and other groups sued, arguing Florida’s tax credit scholarships violated the state constitution. The groups claimed the tax credit scholarship program created a “parallel” system of publicly supported schools. Similar to past lawsuits, the plaintiffs claimed the scholarships provided state subsidies for...

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