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Is 2020 The Year Florida Okays Testing In Spanish?

Florida’s debate over how to test its more than 265,000 students still learning English has churned for more than a decade, with calls for exams in children’s native languages regularly falling flat with the officials in charge.

In 2019, none of the bills filed in the state Legislature on the subject received a single hearing. The Florida Department of Education, meanwhile, has steadfastly held firm in its view that it would not provide tests in anything but English — even in the face of federal guidelines to make “every effort” to develop exams in the state’s most used other languages.

Might things change in 2020?

State Sen. Annette Taddeo, a Miami Democrat who sponsored one of the bills last year, suggests the odds are improving.