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Putting Education Reform To The Test

No Election Day Break For The State Board Of Education

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Gov. Rick Scott listens to teachers at Boca Raton High School during his Education Listening Tour.

Election Day isn’t keeping the State Board of Education from meeting this week in Boca Raton.

The panel has a full agenda on Election Day that includes a discussion of whether to appeal court rulings in two lawsuits:

  • Teacher evaluations -  The Florida Education Association and two named teachers sued the State Board of Education and the Department of Education over changes to way teachers are evaluated.
  • Out-of-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants – The plaintiffs are five U.S. citizens whose parents are undocumented. The students are charged costly out-of-state tuition because of their parents’ legal status. The Board will decide whether to appeal the ruling that said the students can pay the cheaper in-state tuition.

The Board will also get an update on the move from textbooks to digital materials, and the roll out of common core standards and assessments. Both transitions have begun and will continue through 2015.

Monday afternoon workshops  will feature Gov. Rick Scott’s education agenda and presentations about special education.

Scott will lay out his College and Career FIRST Plan, compiled after his listening tour of schools around the state.

His plan has three goals:

  1. Maintain accountability while focusing on the successful transition to more rigorous Common Core State Standards and assessments, which better measure readiness for college and careers.
  2. Support teachers and equip them with the tools they need to improve their practice as professionals and to help students realize better educational outcomes.
  3. Allow choices and flexibility in districts, schools and classrooms that recognize the unique needs of students and teachers and support efforts to achieve improved results.

Both days of workshops and meetings are being held at Boca Raton High School.

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