Florida

Putting Education Reform To The Test

Background

Education is big business. These are stories about the politicians, businesses, lobbyists and other leaders seeking to impact education decisions.

Latest Posts

Who’s Been Giving To Jeb Bush’s Education Group?

This week, the education advocacy group started by former Gov. Jeb Bush released a detailed list of donors for the first time. The Foundation for Excellence in Education posted the list on its website. The Foundation for Excellence in Education conducts research and advocates for states to adopt education policies, including expanding school choice, measuring [...]

Charter School Applicants Could Have To Disclose Ties To Other Schools

Florida International Academy charter school students in Opa Locka, Florida.

The State Board of Education will consider changing the state’s standard contract for charter schools to require applicants to report affiliations with other charter schools. Charter school applicants would also have to report the academic and financial performance of those schools. The proposal is a response to the rate of charter school closures across the [...]

How Jeb Bush’s Education Record Will Change The 2016 Republican Primary

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to become a Republican presidential candidate Monday. Education has been a signature issue for Bush. He helped start Florida’s first charter school. He says schools and teachers should be judged on student performance. He pushed for vouchers for private schools. And he spent most of his time since [...]

Iowa Republicans: “What Is Common Core?”

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

Common Core — it’s going to be the biggest education issue for 2016 Republican presidential candidates, right? Maybe not. Bloomberg Politics has posted video of a focus group session with Iowa Republicans. Moderator John Heileman asks the panel (about 44 seconds in) if any of them think Common Core is important. The response? Silence. Finally, [...]

Evaluation: Education Commissioner Is (Mostly) Meeting Her Goals

The State Board of Education is scheduled to  review commissioner Pam Stewart's performance next week.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says she is largely meeting goals leading Florida schools. The State Department of Education posted Stewart’s self-evaluation of her performance Thursday. The State Board of Education is scheduled to discuss Stewart’s evaluation at a meeting next week. Stewart says she has met the top three goals set out for her by [...]

Former Miami Dade College Dean Picked To Lead Florida Colleges

Former Miami Dade College dean Madeline Pumariega will lead the Florida College System.

A former dean at Miami Dade College has been selected to lead the Florida College System. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart chose Madeline Pumariega to be chancellor of the state’s system of community colleges. Pumariega worked for more than a decade at Miami Dade College, including serving as Dean of Students at the Wolfson Campus. [...]

Despite Problems With Florida’s New Test, Lawmaker Opposes Cancelling Contract

The chairman of the Senate Education committee says lawmakers aren’t interested in cancelling the six-year, $220 million contract with Florida new statewide test provider despite multiple problems with the new exams already. Twice this year contractor American Institutes for Research made changes to their system which prevented students and administrators from accessing the exam. Some [...]

Senate Committee Wants To Suspend Testing Penalties For Third Graders

Editor’s note: Check out the update to this story here. Nearly one in five Florida 3rd graders were at risk of being held back because of low scores on the state reading test last year. But this year the state might not hold back any 3rd graders. That’s because a Senate committee voted to suspend [...]

Florida Schools Report Testing Problems, Suspend Exams For Some Students

School districts around the state report students had trouble logging in or experienced slow loading time with the Florida's new online writing exam.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. School districts across the state said students had trouble logging in to the state’s new writing exam Monday. And the test is running slowly for many who do manage to sign in. Miami-Dade schools said they’re suspending all online testing for 8th through 10th graders until the state [...]

Education Commissioner Recommends Eliminating Some State Tests

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has recommended eliminating a high school exam, making another optional and asking state lawmakers and local school districts to cut back on the amount of testing. Stewart’s recommendations are the conclusion of a statewide review of standardized testing requested by Gov. Rick Scott. “There is, without a doubt, an excess of [...]

About StateImpact

StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.
Learn More »

Economy
Education