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Feedback Loop: Classroom Warfare

Few things get teachers talking quite like their paycheck, so we knew a recent post about a teacher salary study would get some reaction. And did it ever. Most people criticized the study, conducted by two conservative-leaning think tanks, with some picking apart the methodology. A few said the criticism of teacher pay is the […]

Feedback Loop: A Change of Heart Over Collective Bargaining

Based on November’s voter turnout in Ohio, it’s no surprise readers were ready to respond to our story this week that Florida leaders likely won’t initiate a collective bargaining fight in Florida this year (despite past statements to the contrary). On Facebook, Angela Howard said there’s little advantage to collective bargaining anyway: I don’t understand […]

Feedback Loop: More On Students With Disabilities And The Law

Last week we ran a story talking to attorneys about what the law requires for students with disabilities. One expert we spoke with, Joy Zabala with the Center for Applied Special Technology, responded to clarify her position. Zabala said she’s most concerned that portions of federal disability law intended to provide access to students with […]

Feedback Loop: Comments Often STEM From Gov. Scott

We’re guaranteed a few comments every time we write about Gov. Rick Scott on StateImpact Florida. A recent post about a petition to remove Scott’s signature from college diplomas was no different. Readers rekindled the debate about whether Florida universities should “drive” more students into science, technology, engineering and math fields. Trena G said government […]

Feedback Loop: A Hug by Any Other Name

When is a hug innocent or inappropriate? Administrators at Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay adopted a zero tolerance, no-hugging policy so school officials would not have to differentiate. But, that policy resulted in the in-school suspension of two Florida middle school students for hugging even though the principal said it appeared innocent. Zero tolerance […]

Feedback Loop: Charter Schools, Higher Ed Salaries and College Tuition

Our continuing charter school series, higher education salaries and a lawsuit over college tuition drove the comments this week. Disallusionedinmiami agreed that school boards should get tough on new charter school applications. Do not stop charter schools, but question and ask for the highest degree of accountability. Some charter schools are only there is make […]

Feedback Loop: What’s on Your Mind About Academy of Arts and Minds

Sarah Gonzalez‘ story Wednesday about the business deals of a Miami-area charter school drew strong reader responses. Intelligentmom came to the school’s defense, arguing students were left without books due to surprising enrollment growth. Academy of Arts and Minds students are prospering: The Academy of Arts & Minds is an A+ school with a 98 […]

Feedback Loop: What You Want to Know About Charter Schools

Our ongoing series on charter schools prompted some reader questions this week. Keep the questions coming — we’ll answer them in future posts. SheilaY wanted to know more about how charter schools select their students: Do the requirements differ from school to school? When comparing charter schools to public schools, these questions need to be […]

Feedback Loop: Broward Gets Low Marks for School Supply Extra Credit

Sarah Gonzalez‘ story about Broward County students earning extra credit for purchasing school supplies elicited strong reactions on the StateImpact Florida blog this week. Bombeck strongly disagreed with the extra credit, which is not a district policy: So now they’re teaching students how to buy grades. Very nice. I can see offering some small extra […]

Feedback Loop: Readers on Pearson, the 2012 Field and Education, and Teacher Salaries

Reader feedback is an important part of building StateImpact Florida’s education coverage. Feedback Loop will be a regular feature highlighting your questions, criticisms and comments. Here’s what you said about our reporting this week. Reader Catherine saw our blog post about testing giant Pearson’s tendrils throughout the growing education business. Catherine questioned the relationship: I […]

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