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Legislature vows transparency on negotiating education policy. History says otherwise.

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Legislature vows transparency on negotiating education policy. History says otherwise.

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Legislature vows transparency on negotiating education policy. History says otherwise.

If years of precedent are any indication, this year's final laws affecting Florida's education policy will now be determined through deal-making and negotiations that will take place largely in private, behind closed doors and out of the public eye. [Source: Times/Herald]

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