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Why Small Schools Might Be Better For Students Than Small Classes

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) in Tallahassee has just over 300 students, and the waiting list to get in is much longer. Maureen Yoder is one of the founders of the 15-year-old K-8 charter school. “We started this school with the intent of keeping it small because we want to create a school […]

Education Budget “Turkeys” Include College Buildings, Charter School Database

UPDATE: We’ve added Senate President Don Gaetz’ response at the end. Florida TaxWatch has released its annual list of “turkeys” found in the proposed state budget. TaxWatch bills itself as an “independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research institute and government watchdog.” The group targets 107 items for veto, including some education-related projects. Gov. Rick Scott […]

Government Watchdog Recommends Tougher Bright Futures Requirements

Bright Futures money is being targeted again, this time by a government watchdog group that says the state should raise requirements for the merit-based scholarship program. The lottery revenues which fund the scholarships aren’t stretching as far as they used to. Lawmakers made changes to the Bright Futures program in recent years, as more college […]

Report Says Accountability Is Essential To Improving Florida Schools

Florida’s system of public education is flourishing thanks to high standards and measures of accountability. That’s the gist of a briefing from the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability. The authors note that Florida ranked in the top 11 in the last four years in Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report. “That’s not […]

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