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Independent Study: Florida Standards Assessment is Valid

The Florida Department of Education has come back with the results of the summer-long independent validity test of the Florida Standards Assessment, and the final verdict: the test is verified valid.

September 1, 2015 - 9:15am

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In my last column, I looked at the possibility of two impossible things -- impossible things in the sense used by Alice and the Red Queen -- happening in the already turbulent 2016 presidential cycle. Here I'll look at another: the possibility that the partisan division lines that have endured with little change for two decades might suddenly shift and change. 
Despite reflections recently about the “good old days” in Florida government, I'm not sure there ever was any such thing.
Rick Scott, Donald Trump, and Ted Yoho
Florida is always seen as something of a model for the nation’s future politics as America grows older and more Hispanic. In recent years, Republicans from the Sunshine State tapped into a trend which is now taking over the GOP across the nation: disgust with career politicians. 
The fact that Donald Trump is currently leading in national polls in the Republican race for president is interesting -- but hardly a predictor of the outcome of the election. In fact, based on the
Look for lawmakers to revisit Florida's new drone law. Maybe later rather than sooner. But certainly tweaks are on the horizon for a law governing a budding industry that few understand and even fewer trust. The bill the Legislature passed last session and Gov. Rick Scott signed May 14 -- the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act -- lays out a gold-plated welcome mat for personal injury law firms looking to establish a new cottage industry.
On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.
Those of us who make it a point to stay up-to-date on foreign affairs took great interest in last month’s Iran deal aimed at stopping the volatile country from developing nuclear weapons.
The double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On Aug. 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976.
There was never a count of how many hundreds of people descended on Tallahassee the day before Hurricane Katrina hit. Frightened people, lost people, certainly very vulnerable people. I know something about them. I know they will never forget the extraordinary kindness and heart they were shown by residents of Florida's capital 10 years ago today. I know I won't.
"One can't believe impossible things," Alice objected. 

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