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Analyst: Gov. Scott Changing Stance On Education To Boost Reelection Bid

Gov. Rick Scott has changed his stance on education in a few ways this year: He met the teachers’ union president for dinner and promised ongoing meetings. He returned a billion dollars to education funding. He said education is his new priority, since it will ultimately lead to job growth. Seth McKee, Associate Professor of […]

Race-Based Scoring Controversy Gets Attention From Lawmakers

Governor Rick Scott doesn’t like the way the State Board of Education has proposed closing the achievement gap between students. The board released a five year plan that sets different passing thresholds on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) — which vary by student race and ethnicity. The plan calls for higher passing scores among Asian […]

$2M Grant For University Of Florida Will Bolster STEM Teaching

Young students who have their eyes on a future in STEM-related careers are getting a boost from the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville. Gov. Rick Scott wants more degree programs in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Scott believes that if Florida produces more STEM graduates, companies will be lured to the […]

Digital Media Programs Will Go On Without “Titanic” Director’s Animation Studio

A digital production company that helps the St. Lucie County School District with design software for digital media programs is closing up shop. Digital Domain Media Group has filed for bankruptcy and is being sold to a private firm for $15-million. That’s less money than the company received in incentives to come to Florida. Digital […]

Florida Parent Group Offers Recommendations For Next Education Commissioner

A group that’s glad to see Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson go hopes you’ll inundate Gov. Rick Scott with suggestions about choosing his replacement. Robinson submitted his resignation Tuesday. His last day on the job is August 31. Orlando-based Fund Education Now says they want a commissioner that will listen to parents and educators more […]

Governor Proposes Billion Dollar Boost In Florida Education Spending

Gov. Rick Scott has unveiled his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. It’s $4.6 billion less than the current state budget, but education gets a big boost. Scott is seeking a $1 billion increase in education spending with a focus on grades K-12. “Despite tough economic times,” said Scott, “this investment will provide the […]

Florida Governor Promises Investment in Education Despite Funding Gap

Gov. Rick Scott sees a brighter future for Floridians through higher education. In a letter to newspaper editorial boards around the state, Scott said education pays off through “higher earnings and lower unemployment rates.” Then he addressed the money issue. For the school year beginning next fall, he wrote that Florida’s student population is expected […]

Governor’s Proposed Parent Trigger Law Looms for Florida Educators

We’ve heard about Governor Rick Scott’s proposed “parent trigger law,” which would give parents the power to shut down low performing schools and transform them into charter schools.  Now we’re hearing from some of the people who would be impacted by the change. Maria Mendoza’s daughter attends an underperforming elementary school in Ft. Myers. She […]

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