Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 Million about how Florida's new school accountability system runs counter to federal law:
It’s a new week? Must be time for another episode of “States Trying to Circumvent Federal Education Law!” Florida, step right up!
The Sunshine State has over a quarter-million English language learners. The state’s graduation rate for ELLs is just 56 percent, 20 points below the rate for non-ELLs. And yet, in its outline of what the state will do for its students learning English with the approximately $800 million in federal education dollars it will receive this year, Florida has decided to test whether the U.S. Department of Education is paying attention.