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Why Florida Wants To Expand Single-Gender Classes

These boys are part of the All Male E.A.G.L.E. Academy at Bond Elementary School in Tallahassee. The acronym stands for  Extraordinary Ambitious Gentlemen Leading in Excellence.

A handful of public schools in Florida have either all-girls or all-boys classrooms. More could be coming. Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, is behind a bill that would have one school in each school district offer only single sex classes. The proposed legislation would create a pilot project in designated districts for two years. “With the idea [...]

Extra Reading Instruction Improved Most School Scores, Review Finds

A new review finds most schools benefit from a required extra hour of reading instruction.

The 100 Florida schools earning the lowest scores on the FCAT reading test are required to add an extra hour of instruction time. A new review from the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability has found the extra hour has helped students at most of those schools improve their reading scores. Lawmakers required [...]

The Pros And Cons Of Appointing Florida’s Schools Chief

For our story this week about all the pressure facing Florida’s education commissioners we spoke with two former education commissioners — one elected and one appointed. Florida elected education commissioners until 2003, when a state constitutional amendment made the job appointed. Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Jim Horne as commissioner in 2003. Now, the governor appoints [...]

Report: Florida Universities Improve Grad Rates While Keeping Costs Down

A new report finds Florida’s public university system is a good model in affordability for the rest of the country. Florida Rising: An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State analyzed cost, administrative and academic spending, curriculum, and graduation rates at Florida’s 11 universities. (Florida Polytechnic University – the 12th in the system – [...]

Report: Florida Among The Cheapest States In Spending Per Student

Florida spent $8,887 on each public school student in 2011, making it one of the lowest states in the nation for per-pupil spending. The totals from the U.S. Census Bureau – including federal revenue – were compiled before Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature cut about $1.3 billion from education funding. Since then, the state has [...]

Florida’s Education Budget By The Numbers

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a budget that’s very different than the one he’s been paying for since he authorized massive education cuts two years ago. Back then, pundits speculated Scott may have sealed his fate as a one term governor when he proposed a few billion dollars worth of cuts to education. Scott, for [...]

Governor Scott Explains Education Budget Vetoes

Gov. Rick Scott spoke to reporters this afternoon about his decision to cut $368 million out of the $74.5 billion budget sent to him by the Florida Legislature. One of the items he cut would have boosted tuition at state colleges and universities by 3 percent. “In my case and my wife’s case, we didn’t [...]

Governor Vetoes University Tuition Increase

Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2013-14 state budget into law today. He also sent a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner explaining his decision to veto a tuition hike. “We are also holding the line on tuition by vetoing the Legislature’s recommended 3 percent tuition increase on our college and university students,” the governor [...]

Central Florida Mom Explains Her Opposition To Common Core

Patricia Sullivan takes a question during a rally against Common Core at the Capitol. Protesters were asked to lobby legislators about slowing down implementation of the new standards.

A mom of four from Mount Dora is doing her best to convince Florida lawmakers to slow down the Common Core train. Florida is scheduled to complete the transition to the new academic standards in time for the 2014-15 school year. Patricia Sullivan home schools her kids and is concerned about the changes home school [...]

Parent Trigger Bill Passes Florida House

Just as it did last year, the Florida House has passed the parent trigger bill following much debate. The bill’s official title is Parent Empowerment in Education. It gives parents a say in what changes should be made to a chronically failing school. Turnaround options include closing the school, turning the school into a charter, [...]

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