Florida

Putting Education Reform To The Test

Topics

Online Classes

Latest Posts

Jacksonville Group Connecting Teachers To Improve Training

Schultz Center president Deborah Gianoulis.

At one point, the Schultz Center had state funding and a big, multi-million dollar contract with Duval County schools to help teachers improve their craft. The Schultz Center has trained thousands of teachers since it was founded in Jacksonville in 1997. But when state revenues declined, the Schultz Center funding was cut. “The recession happened,” [...]

Internal Recording Reveals K12 Inc. Struggled to Comply With Florida Law

K12 is the nation's largest online education company and served Florida students in 43 school districts.

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida have obtained internal emails and a recording of a company meeting that provide new insight into allegations that K12 Inc., the nation’s largest online education company, uses teachers in Florida who do not have all of the required state certifications. Last month, a draft report by [...]

Read The Florida Department of Education Investigator’s Report On K12, Inc.

A series of emails led Seminole County school officials to question K12's teachers.

Below is the draft report from the Florida Department of Education inspector general. The agency was asked to investigate whether K12, Inc. was using properly certified teachers in Seminole County. The report finds no evidence that the company used teachers lacking Florida certification. But the report found the company did use three teachers who were [...]

Read K12, Inc. and Seminole County Schools’ Response To State Investigation

Attorneys for K12, Inc. and Seminole County schools have responded to a preliminary report by a Florida Department of Education investigator.

The Florida Department of Education inspector general has released a draft report in its investigation of online education firm K12, Inc. The agency was asked to investigate whether K12, Inc. was using properly certified teachers in Seminole County. The report (read it here) finds no evidence that the company used teachers lacking Florida certification. But [...]

Senate Seeking Compromise On Funding For Online Classes

The Florida House and Senate are working on bills that would allow students to choose from more online course providers. However, much of the debate has focused on money.

A Senate committee is attempting to defuse a funding dispute between the state-sponsored Florida Virtual School and private online providers. Tuesday, the Rules Committee added an amendment to an online education bill asking the Florida Department of Education to study funding for online courses and to recommend changes by the end of the year. The [...]

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 [...]

State Leaders Ready To Expand Online Higher Education In 2013

The Florida Board of Governors will enter 2013 with a priority of expanding higher education online. Members will meet in mid-January to talk about their options, including the creation of a public university that is online only. “There could be no doubt that Florida is already a major contributor to the world of online learning,” [...]

Florida’s 13th Public University May Be Online Only

Does Florida need a 13th public university that would be devoted solely to online learning? The Florida Board of Governors (BOG), which oversees the state university system, is looking into it at a meeting today in Davie. The 2012 Florida Legislature provided funds to the BOG to hire a consulting firm that would study the [...]

Georgia Threatens To Close K12-run Online Charter School

The Georgia Department of Education is threatening to close the Georgia Cyber Academy, run by K12, over concerns about special education services.

The Georgia Department of Education is threatening to close an online charter school run by K12, the nation’s largest online education company, over issues with special education students. The agency issued a report last week that the K12-run Georgia Cyber Academy has repeatedly failed to comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and [...]

About StateImpact

StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.
Learn More »

Economy
Education