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Town Hall Tonight: Join The Discussion With Florida Lawmakers

Tonight’s the Town Hall on Session 2013, live from Fort Lauderdale. Florida legislative leaders and journalists from the Miami Herald and WLRN Radio will discuss the big issues lawmakers plan to tackle during the 60-day session that begins Tuesday, March 5th. The event is hosted WLRN and The Miami Herald and is sponsored by Global Integrity. […]

Legislation Gives Florida School Districts More Flexibility On Class Sizes

A bill that would change the way schools are penalized for not complying with class size requirements is getting bipartisan support so far in Tallahassee. The House Choice and Innovation panel made a few tweaks to the legislation and approved it Wednesday with just one member voting against it. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in […]

Florida Lawmakers Might Delay New Education Standards, Testing For Some Grades

Florida lawmakers are considering allowing the state education commissioner to partially delay implementation of new, tougher education standards and testing. Senate education committee chairman John Legg, R-Port Richey, says Education Commissioner Tony Bennett has asked for 120 days to survey Florida school districts as to whether they can meet the fall 2014 deadline for new […]

Read the Florida House of Representatives’ Big Charter School Bill

Yesterday the House Education Choice and Innovation subcommittee approved a 36-page bill that makes it easier for charter schools to expand. The bill adds more restrictions to closed charter schools and requires charter schools to post their board, management firm and some spending online. The bill also requires school districts to turn over empty buildings […]

House Bill Would Help Charter Schools Expand, But Also Adds More Regulation

A House committee has approved a bill which would put rules in place for opening a charter school and warding off troubled charters. The House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee made a few changes to the bill and more amendments are expected. “This is not a finished product,” Rep. George Moraitis, Jr., R-Fort Lauderdale, said. “We’re […]

Three Questions About College For Lumina Foundation CEO Jamie Merisotis

The Lumina Foundation is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. CEO Jamie Merisotis takes that message around the country. Last week, he spoke to the Economic Club of Florida. The foundation’s goal is for 60 percent of Americans to earn a high-quality post secondary credential or degree by 2025. Merisotis took questions […]

Explaining Digital Learning Day

Today is Digital Learning Day, part of an effort to put more emphasis on the possibilities computers, the Internet and new technology offer to improve education. Advocates argue access and customization are the biggest advantages to digital instruction. Students often find digital instruction more engaging — pull out those smart phones and Wi-Fi enabled iPods, […]

Florida Laws Friendly To Charter School Growth, Group Says

Florida ranks 5th among states poised for charter school growth, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). The report released today finds that Florida is among the states that are “best positioned to support the growth of high-quality charter schools” based on NAPCS model law. This is the fourth year the group has […]

Separate University Most Expensive Option For More Online Courses

The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has taken the idea of an online university to the Florida Legislature. Education committees heard presentations this week by The Parthenon Group, the consulting firm hired by the BOG to come up with options for expanding online learning. The choices include creating a 13th state university that would be […]

Lawmakers Get Update On Teacher Evaluations And The Student Success Act

A Florida House panel heard an update today on teacher evaluations and the state’s implementation of the Student Success Act, also known as Senate Bill 736. The Florida Legislature passed the law in 2011 that changes the way teachers are evaluated and paid in an effort to improve student learning in K-12. The law is […]

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