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Gov. Scott Rolls Out Plan To Prepare Workers For High-Tech Jobs

Gov. Rick Scott spent Monday touring high-tech South Florida companies looking to hire. He wants to make sure firms like Boca Raton’s Modernizing Medicine, which designs electronic medical record systems, have workers ready. “If you think about – I’ve got kids and even have, hard to believe, I have grandkids – the jobs of the [...]

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett Reaches Ethics Deal

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett.

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will pay a $5,000 fine as part of a proposed deal with Indiana ethics investigators, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Associated Press. Bennett admits using state resources for his 2012 reelection campaign. But Bennett was also cleared of any ethics violations related to changes [...]

Rhee Group Backing Off Florida Advocacy Efforts

Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee’s education advocacy group is scaling back its Florida efforts, Travis Pillow scoops for redefinED. StudentsFirst spokesman Lane Wright said Florida has already adopted many policies the group promotes, so they are focusing efforts elsewhere. That’s true. But, the group can’t exactly claim victory and walk off the field. StudentsFirst [...]

Republicans Have Made Up Their Minds About Common Core

Former Gov. Jeb Bush visited a Hialeah charter school for National School Choice Week.

The national Republican fight over Common Core math and language arts standards is over, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others supporting the standards have lost. That’s the conclusion of Vox writer Libby Nelson, based on a new Pew Research Center poll from last week. Pew Research Center data [...]

The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms

Our partners at WLRN put together a special education hour of the Sunshine Economy this week. The conversation ranged from a talk with Broward County’s superintendent about Common Core to a chat with a group of high school students about diversity in the classroom: In this edition of The Sunshine Economy: The school year may [...]

How Much Influence Does Koch Money Have At FSU?

There are questions about whether a nonprofit founded by a prominent conservative activist has too much influence at a public college. Florida State University rewrote its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation after some on campus complained that the relationship undermined the school’s academic integrity. But critics say it still gives donors with their own [...]

Hackers Stole Employee Data From Florida’s New Testing Company

Hackers stole employee data earlier this month from the American Institutes for Research, the company chosen to produce Florida’s next standardized test. No student information was stolen, according to Education Week. But, the hackers got Social Security numbers and credit card information for about 6,500 current and former employees. From the story: “The breach only [...]

Remembering Early Desegregation In Florida

This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education—the Supreme Court decision declaring separate schools were inherently unequal. A recent ProPublica investigation found at least 300 school districts that are still under court-ordered desegregation. Eleven of those districts are in Florida. Even though Miami-Dade County had those desegregation orders lifted relatively recently in 2001, it was an early [...]

A Post-Session Q & A With Senate Education Chairman John Legg

We sat down with Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg to talk about the recently completed legislative session. Legg said it was a good year for schools, with the budget boosting per student funding and lawmakers adding more options for students who want to earn college credit while still in high school. On the year’s [...]

This Week In Education Polling: The Politics Of Common Core

Two new national telephone polls found differing public reaction to Common Core education standards.

Two new national polls reach differing conclusions about the public’s support for Common Core math and language arts standards adopted by Florida and 43 other states. But both polls provide evidence for the idea that Common Core is more popular among swing voters in the political middle. A University of Connecticut polls finds just two [...]

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