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Updated: 08/31/2014 08:00:01AM

Lee vote heard ’round the state

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By STEVEN J. SMITH

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A decision reached earlier this week by the Lee County School Board, in which three of its five members voted to opt out of all statewide standardized tests, elicited strong reactions from Charlotte and Sarasota county educators.

That decision, which received support from Lee board members Don Armstrong, Tom Scott and Mary Fischer, received cheers and applause from a packed auditorium of opt-out supporters Wednesday night. Fischer, however — the initial vote tie-breaker — since has requested a meeting of the School Board for Tuesday, in which she is expected to offer a motion rescinding the controversial vote. Nevertheless, the vote revealed the frustration educators share over the efficacy of standardized testing, and a growing rift between educators and legislators in Tallahassee.

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