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Why Florida Is Fighting The U.S. Education Department Over English Learners

Althea Valle teaches a class of ELL's. She says of the new federal requirement, "I think it’s going to put a lot of pressure on the schools to get these kids where we think they should be."

A 10th grader born in Haiti struggles to read in his class at Godby High School in Tallahassee. The student is more comfortable with Haitian Creole than English. Teacher Althea Valle has students of various nationalities trying to master the language. “It’s a challenge,” Valle says. “There’s a lot of gesturing, and you know sometimes I [...]

More Florida Students Passing State’s End-Of-Course Exams

The percentage of students passing all four of Florida's end-of-course exams increased last school year.

More Florida students passed the state’s final exams for algebra, biology, geometry and U.S. history, according to test results released Monday. The tests, known as end-of-course exams, are required by state law. Students must pass the Algebra 1 end-of-course exam to graduate high school. State leaders were pleased with the results. “I think that is [...]

With Lots Of Support, Interim Commissioner Hasn’t Applied For Permanent Job

Dozens of candidates have applied for the Commissioner of Education post. Interim Commissioner Pam Stewart is not one of them, although she has suggested she’d be willing to stay in the job. She has support on opposing sides of the aisle in Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Education Association. She was tapped by the [...]

Let Us Set Our Goals, Joel: Florida Superintendents Find 50 Ways To Cut Red Tape

Gov. Rick Scott asked seven school district superintendents last September to come up with recommendations for cutting red tape in education. The goal was to save money and give teachers more time to focus on teaching instead of unnecessary paperwork. The committee has provided a list of more than fifty recommendations based on the governor’s [...]

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