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School Board Members Launch New Pro-School Choice Group

School board members dissatisfied with the statewide association who represents them are forming their own group, the Fort Myers News-Press and others report. One reason is the school board members are unhappy the Florida School Boards Association joined a lawsuit challenging the state’s private school tax credit scholarship. From the News-Press story: The Florida Coalition […]

Read: School Boards Group Outlines Consequences Of Skipping State Tests

Last night, the Lee County school board became the first district to refuse state testing entirely. Other Florida school districts are also considering saying no to state exams. The Florida School Boards Association is meeting next week and has posted an outline of the consequences for not complying state law. The first step is an […]

Recapping The Results From Tuesday’s Education Races

Voters turned out two leaders of the Florida School Boards Association in campaigns contested on school choice and Florida’s new math and language arts standards. But incumbents mostly won reelection across Florida Tuesday night, or advanced to a November runoff. Two-term Indian River school board member Karen Disney-Brombach was defeated by Shawn Frost and Volusia […]

Florida School Board Leader Supports More School Security, Opposes Arming Teachers

Reinforced entry gates. School resource officers in elementary schools. Teachers with guns. Politicians, pundits and school officials have tossed around ideas how to beef up security since the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last month. The Florida Legislature will be asked to increase security funding for school districts when it convenes in March. Dr. […]

The Ten Biggest Florida Education Stories of 2012

2012 was a busy year in Florida education. One state education commissioner left, while another will take the reins early next year. And Florida got great news on an international comparison. Here are the biggest education stories of 2012, with links to StateImpact Florida coverage. International test results — The biggest education story of the […]

School Groups Oppose “Fiscal Micro-Management” of Amendment 4

Property taxes are complicated, and school officials are worried Amendment 4 will make them more so. It’s why they’re opposing the amendment even though schools are not included in the change. Amendment 4 is one of a handful of ballot questions intended to lower property tax bills. As with all amendments, it must be approved […]

Explaining Florida’s Shift To Digital Textbooks

Kindles or other electronic devices will soon replace textbooks in classrooms. New requirements mean Florida students will use digital textbooks by 2015. Some districts have already started making the change. In Pasco County, where there‚Äôs a textbook shortage, the district opted to spend money on digital copies of books this school year. The problem is […]

Florida School Boards Association President Wants A Conversation About FCAT

The president of the Florida School Boards Association says the state’s next education commissioner must be willing to work with school boards, parents and educators to improve Florida’s testing and school and district report card system. Orange County school board member Joie Cadle also told the Orlando Sentinel that school boards should have more control […]

Governor Scott Says Florida Students Might Face Too Much Testing

Gov. Rick Scott says Florida students might be tested too much, and is talking to teachers and education officials about what changes should be made to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Scott’s made the comments Friday at a newspaper editor meeting, the Associated Press reported. Testing is important to measure quality, Scott said, but the […]

Read The Florida School Boards Association FCAT Resolution

The Florida School Boards Association passed a resolution opposing the current use of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test Thursday. The vote is the strongest opposition yet to the FCAT and Florida’s accountability system to assure teachers, schools and districts are educating students. A dozen state school boards have already passed a similar measure. Read the […]

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