Putting Education Reform To The Test


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

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In Florida And Across The Nation, Common Core Standards Still Standing

The uprising against the Common Core State Standards is over, Politico reports, and Common Core opponents have lost. A handful of states have ditched Common Core, which outlines what students should know in math and language arts at the end of each grade.. Florida and another, larger, group of states have chosen not to use [...]

Political Correctness Challenges Campus Free Speech

Some top comedians say they're not performing on college campuses because students are too easily offended. A group is now tracking speech policies on campus.

Know the joke about how many college students it takes to screw in a light bulb? Probably not, since it’s not a real joke. Nor is the decision some comedians are making to avoid college campuses where they say students today are too easily offended. Back in June, comedian Jerry Seinfeld told ESPN radio that [...]

FDLE Closes Hacking Investigation, But Provides Few Answers

FDLE has closed its investigation of the FSA hacking, but is offering few answers about who did and why.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has closed its six-month-old investigation into a cyber attack during Florida Standards Assessments testing this spring. The agency isn’t saying who tried to shut down testing by overloading servers, or why. But law enforcement officials said no personal student data was accessed during the attack. FDLE said they found [...]

New Palm Beach County Schools Chief Wants To Shake Up Florida Education

New Palm Beach County schools superintendent Robert Avossa.

For weeks now, Palm Beach County schools have struggled to get students to classes on time. Bus routes have been redrawn. And the district sent up flares, looking to hire anyone who wants to drive a bus. It’s the first crisis new superintendent Robert Avossa has had to face since taking over the job in [...]

Test Review Raises Questions About Florida Standards Assessments Results

The superintendent of Florida’s largest district says an outside review of the state’s new test shows that Florida students weren’t being tested on what they were expected to know. Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho says a review of the Florida Standards Assessments released today shows that on some exams as many as one in three questions [...]

New Database Will Track Who Runs Charter Schools

Charter school advocates think a first-of-its-kind database can help prevent bad apples from opening charter schools.

Florida school districts will have a new way to track the financial and academic records of charter school operators. For the first time, a new database is connecting charter schools to who runs them. The goal is to reduce the number of charter schools that close. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers wants to [...]

A Q & A With Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks at a town hall event at Pembroke Pines Charter High School in 2012.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in South Florida Thursday to attend the national Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale. He chatted with StateImpact Florida about school discipline, testing requirements and how Congress is rewriting the federal No Child Left Behind education law. Q: We are currently in the midst of a national conversation about [...]

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 [...]

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