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This Week In Education Polling: The Politics Of Common Core

Two new national telephone polls found differing public reaction to Common Core education standards.

Two new national polls reach differing conclusions about the public’s support for Common Core math and language arts standards adopted by Florida and 43 other states. But both polls provide evidence for the idea that Common Core is more popular among swing voters in the political middle. A University of Connecticut polls finds just two [...]

A Scott, Bush Split On State Board Of Education

Two State Board of Education members criticized Gov. Rick Scott’s leadership on education issues Tuesday, highlighting a rift between Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush. Board members Kathleen Shanahan and Sally Bradshaw — who served as former Bush chiefs of staff — said Scott needed to show more leadership on Common Core State Standards and [...]

Education Department Now Tweeting A Standard Of The Day

The Florida Department of Education is tweeting out a Common Core State Standard each day.

Common Core State Standards, 140 characters at a time. The Florida Department of Education’s Twitter account is now sending out a “standard of the day” to its more than 5,700 followers. The tweets include a link to the math and English language arts standards which outline what students should know at the end of each [...]

A Q & A With Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich.

Nan Rich is a former state Senator who was the first Democrat to announce she’s challenging Gov. Rick Scott in 2014. Rich stopped by the WUSF studios Wednesday for a Florida Matters interview with Carson Cooper. Here’s what she said about education. You can hear the full interview Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on WUSF. Q: [...]

What To Watch At This Week’s Education Summit

Gov. Rick Scott has called state education leaders together for a three-day summit in Clearwater starting today. Scott has put four items on the agenda: State education standards known as Common Core; the test which will assess those standards and (mostly) replace the FCAT; how Florida should revise its A-through-F school grading formula; and teacher [...]

Why Education Could Hurt Jeb Bush’s 2016 Presidential Chances

Two 2016 presidential horse race stories posit that former Gov. Jeb Bush’s stock is down following the recent resignation of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett and Florida and Indiana lawmakers questioning the veracity of the A-to-F school grading systems Bush pioneered. Bush hasn’t said whether or not he intends to run in 2016. Bush built his [...]

Bennett Defends Decision to Boost Indiana Charter School Grade

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett stands by his decision to boost the grade of an Indiana charter schools in 2012, when Bennett was the Hoosier State’s elected superintendent. The Associated Press published emails Monday which showed Bennett and his staff discussed ways to boost the grade of Christel House charter school after learning the school’s [...]

Teachers Praise Gov. Scott in New Online Ad

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that PARCC will take too long and is too expensive.

The Republican Party of Florida is out with a new web ad featuring teachers praising Gov. Rick Scott. The teachers aren’t identified, but appear to have been recorded at the recent teacher summit Scott hosted in Tallahassee. Most of the teachers thank Scott for investing in education, particularly his push for across-the-board raises. “I think [...]

Science Education Group Seeking Florida Support For New Standards

Advocates for new science standards are asking Florida supporters to speak up.

Advocates for new science standards are urging Florida residents to voice their support. The concept for the science standards is separate, but similar to that of the math and English language arts standards which comprise the Common Core. Florida, 44 other states and the District of Columbia have fully adopted the Common Core standards. The [...]

Florida Republican Party Ads Praise Gov. Scott’s Education Record


The Republican Party of Florida has released two new Web videos to defend Gov. Rick Scott’s record on education. The first is a compilation of news stories about Scott’s statewide tour celebrating his successful push to include teacher raises for the budget year beginning July 1. Scott asked lawmakers for $480 million in additional salary [...]

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