Senators ponder direction on school testing
A Senate Education Committee meeting Tuesday on the state's accountability system turned into a show of strength by people who want to scale back standardized testing, as lawmakers consider the next move. The long-running debate over the use of assessments in school grades, teacher evaluations and retention and graduation decisions has flared again, prompting a spate of new bills from lawmakers to tamp down testing --- and pushback from supporters of former Gov. Jeb Bush's drive to strengthen accountability over the past 15 years. "The insanity has gone on far too long," said Luke Flynt, secretary-treasurer for the Florida Education Association, the state's main teachers union. "The only consistent result that we have seen from state testing is that they have sucked the joy out of learning and out of teaching."