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Union Worried Testing Could Cause Public To Turn On Common Standards

About 10,000 educators from around the country are in Atlanta this week for the National Education Association’s annual meeting. The group will debate issues from school safety to immigration reform as the NEA develops its legislative priorities for the coming year. Florida Education Association President Andy Ford says Common Core State Standards and assessments will […]

Bennett Says State Leaders Are Listening To Complaints About Teacher Evaluations

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says state leaders and lawmakers are listening to teacher concerns about evaluations. The Florida Education Association is suing Bennett, the Department of Education, and a few school districts over teacher evaluations. The union believes a 2011 law requiring teacher evaluations violates the equal protection and due process rights of school […]

FEA President Wants More Teacher Input And Less Testing Tied To Common Core

Most states are moving toward Common Core State Standards – a new way of teaching that dives deeper into fewer topics. That means new assessments are on the way. Florida is phasing out most of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The new PARCC assessments are scheduled to be in place for the 2014-15 school year. […]

Five Questions For Florida Teacher’s Union President About Common Core

Florida is working toward full implementation of Common Core State Standards by the 2014-15 school year. The standards set benchmarks for each grade level. And instead of learning a little bit about a lot of things, students will be expected to absorb a lot of information about fewer subjects. Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says Florida’s […]

Analyst: Gov. Scott Changing Stance On Education To Boost Reelection Bid

Gov. Rick Scott has changed his stance on education in a few ways this year: He met the teachers’ union president for dinner and promised ongoing meetings. He returned a billion dollars to education funding. He said education is his new priority, since it will ultimately lead to job growth. Seth McKee, Associate Professor of […]

Gov. Rick Scott And Florida Teacher’s Union President Meet Again

Staying true to his word, Gov. Rick Scott will sit down again this afternoon with Florida Education Association President Andy Ford. They’ll meet in the Governor’s Office at the Capitol to talk education policy. “This needs to be the beginning of a long series of meetings that examines the direction we’re going with public schools […]

Q&A With Florida Teacher’s Union President Andy Ford

Gov. Rick Scott’s announcement that education is his priority moving forward got the attention of the Florida Education Association (FEA). FEA President Andy Ford had dinner with Scott last week and is talking about why he thinks the governor is now so focused on improving education in Florida. Q: How did your dinner with Gov. […]

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