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Third-graders Hailey Everett, Maddison Hohman, and Madelynn Kinkade were not promoted to fourth grade, despite receiving all A’s and B’s on their report cards at Chocachatti Elementary School in Brooksville/ Photo: Melinda Homan

Election 2016: Standardized Testing “Opt-Out” Movement Spills Into Florida

Education is often a key campaign issue in Florida, but this year there’s a new wrinkle, the so-called testing opt-out movement. Each spring, 3rd graders in the state’s public schools must take a standardized reading test. Students who fail can be held back. But a group of parents is challenging the state’s retention policy in court, and they want lawmakers to back them up.
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Anne Aranda says her busy family life prevents her from deciding how to vote. Photo by Amy Green
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FLORIDA’S I-4 CORRIDOR: In Presidential Election, Suburban Mothers Wield Powerful Votes

It’s a hit. Spectators cheer and volunteers help as a child with special needs runs toward first base, his baseball helmet bobbing loosely on his head. Anne Aranda of Sanford is among the parents watching from the stands at Eastmonte Park in Altamonte Springs. Her 13- and 12-year-old boys are among the volunteers. She says it’s her busy family life that prevents her from deciding how to vote in this neck-and-neck presidential race.
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