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Film Industry Holds Out Hope For Incentives


When the Florida House ended its session early, citing irreconcilable differences over health care- a lot of other bills got left behind. But there’s still hope in the film and television industry that an incentives deal to bring more production to the state can be salvaged.
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Orange County School Board Renews Call For Review Of New Standardized Tests


The state of the schools is…surreal. That’s according to Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette. He delivered the annual “State of the Schools” address Tuesday morning. Sublette said the school board is asking the state legislature for a one-year “hold harmless” period for the new standardized tests. They were administered for the first time a few weeks ago. Test scores determine teacher pay, school funding, and student placement. A “hold harmless” period would make this year’s rollout, which was marred by computer glitches, more of a dress rehearsal. In other words, the test scores wouldn’t count. And they shouldn’t, Sublette told 90.7 News, because the test hasn’t even been benchmarked yet. No one knows what the passing score is.  “That’s almost something out …
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The Florida House adjourned three days before the end of the session.
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Florida Legislature In Limbo


The Florida House packed up early, saying they couldn’t work through a stalemate with the Senate over health care funding. A special session is likely as the two chambers were unable to pass a budget during the regular 60-day session. But the collapse of the regular session took down some big bills like water preservation and left other legislation like Medicaid expansion in limbo.
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