South Florida based teacher Julie McCue is now legally challenging the Florida Department of Education over the Florida Leadership Educational Leadship Exam (FELE). The FELE is a state mandated test for teachers looking to move up to administrative teaching positions or, like Julie, earn more for her Master's Degree. Julie has failed the essay portion of the exam four times earning the same exact score each time. McCue is a 21- veteran teacher and considered a "highly effective" teacher in Florida. The FELE exam is administered by Pearson Vue, which also administers the controversial Florida Teacher Certification Exam. Both tests underwent recent changes to make them more "rigorous." McCue has spent thousands of dollars on testing fees and prep material for the FELE and even spent an additional $75 to challenge her score through Pearson's score verification process. McCue believes the problem rests with the Pearson-hired graders who score the essays. She is challenging her results on the test and has a hearing with the FL Department of Education in May.