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Florida Schools Rearrange Schedules To Add Extra Hour Of Reading

Florida schools are making plans for how to add a state-required extra hour of reading instruction, according to two stories out today. In 2012, lawmakers required that the 100 schools with the lowest scores on the FCAT reading test add an extra hour of reading instruction to try and boost those scores. When the Office […]

Explaining the Florida GI Bill And New Formula For School Grades

Veterans will pay less to attend Florida colleges and universities starting Tuesday, one of a handful of laws taking effect at the start of a new budget year. The Florida GI bill means any veteran living in the Sunshine State only has to pay in-state tuition. That tuition is typically one-third the cost of out-of-state […]

Florida Students Go Online To Join Algebra Nation

Algebra Nation Video Clips from Study Edge on Vimeo. The first year Florida ninth graders took the state’s Algebra 1 end-of-course exam, less than half those students passed the test. Students must pass the exam to earn a high school diploma, so the results worried school officials. In the two years since, districts are trying […]

More Florida Schools Must Add Extra Reading Instruction

Florida will expand the number of schools required to add an extra hour of reading instruction this fall, Education Week reports. Two years ago lawmakers required the 100 elementary school with the lowest scores on the state reading test to add an extra hour for reading. Now, the 300 lowest-scoring schools will have to add […]

New Online Exams Will Also Test School Districts’ Technology

Ocoee High School just west of Orlando opened less than a decade ago. But technology-wise, the 2,300-student school is already obsolete. Ocoee is part of $14 million project to outfit seven Orange County schools with fast, wireless Internet and new classroom technology. The first step was ripping out and replacing miles of fiber optic cable […]

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 […]

Lawmakers Clear Up High School Graduation Requirements

Last year the Legislature approved a bill which overhauled Florida’s high school graduation requirements. The bill maintains a standard diploma and created two new diploma tracks; a scholar track for students considering competitive universities; and a career-focused track for students who want to earn industry certifications before graduation. But the bill created some confusion about […]

Common Core Opponents Seeking Special Legislative Session

A coalition of groups opposing Florida’s use of new math and language arts standards say they will try to force the Legislature to call a special session to address two bills which would put the standards on hold. The gambit is a long shot. Twenty percent of the Legislature must call for the special session, […]

Mining Student Data To Keep Kids From Dropping Out

Itā€™s report card day at Miami Carol City Senior High, and sophomore MackĀ GodbeeĀ is reviewing his grades with his mentor, NatashaĀ Santana-Viera. The first quarter onĀ Godbeeā€™sĀ report card is littered with Ds andĀ Fs. This quarter, there are more Cs andĀ Bs. Heā€™s got an A in English. ā€œCongratulations on that,ā€ saysĀ Santana-Viera. ā€œWhen you need help, do you know where […]

Checking In On Education Bills As Florida Legislature Reaches Halfway Point

The 2014 Florida legislative session reached the halfway point last week, so we thought we’d check in on some of the big education bills. The Budget The House, Senate and Gov. Rick Scott mostly agree on education spending based on their proposed budgets. Both the House and the Senate approved roughly $75 billion budgets last […]

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