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K12-Affiliated Charter School Network Wins Some, Loses Some with Florida School Boards

A network of online charter schools tied to a company under investigation by the Florida Department of Education won a split decision from Florida school districts Tuesday. School boards in Orange and Seminole counties rejected Florida Virtual Academy for the second time. But the Pinellas County school board approved the application despite concerns the school’s […]

State Task Force Proposal Would Require School Districts To Fund Charter School Facilities

A state task force is considering a proposal which would require local school districts to give money to charter schools for facilities. Construction, maintenance and other capital expenses has been a growing concern for Florida schools as the state funding for those programs has decreased. A Florida Department of Education task force will meet this […]

School Board Votes to Support LGBT History Month

Next month is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. The Broward County School Board voted Wednesday to get behind the designation. Now the district is being recognized nationally by the advocacy group Equality Forum as the first district in the nation to pass an official resolution in support. School board member Nora Rupert told the […]

Wrapping Up Florida’s School Election Results

Florida voters headed to the polls on Tuesday Many counties held school district races. And education advocates were keeping their eyes on a handful of State House races as well. So who were the winners and who were the losers? Here’s a wrap-up of the results from around the state, after the jump:

Today May Be Your Only Chance To Vote For School Board

Hillsborough County Republican Party chairman Art Wood reminds political independents why they still have a reason to head to the polls today — it may be the only chance to vote for school board. Non-partisan races such as school board and judges are being held across Florida. If you want a say, Wood recommends visiting […]

Florida Education Commissioner Submits Resignation

Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson will resign his position on August 31, the Department of Education announced this evening. Robinson became Florida’s top education official about a year ago. He has faced growing criticism from school boards, teachers and parents about the state’s standardized testing regimen and school grading system. Board of Education chairman Kathleen […]

Schools Calendar: Common Core Training; USF Trustees; Charter School Appeals

Florida continues its summer training to prepare teachers and administrators for Common Core, the next generation of curriculum standards and testing. Here’s what else is happening in Florida education this week: Monday: The University of South Florida Board of Trustees has called an emergency conference call at 3:30. Last week the Florida Board of Governors […]

Five Reasons The Anti-FCAT Resolutions Won’t Work

School districts across the state are adopting a national resolution opposing the emphasis on standardized tests. In Florida, that test is called the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The exam has been particularly criticized this year after state officials raised standards and minimum scores — and the percentage of students passing some tests plunged as a […]

Read The Hernando County School Board’s FCAT Resolution

Hernando County’s school board could take up a resolution Tuesday evening asking Gov. Rick Scott and state leaders put less emphasis on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Palm Beach and Broward county school boards have already approved a similar resolution. Alachua, Flagler and Pinellas boards are weighing the measure. The resolution is based on one […]

School Board May Mandate Faculty Watch the Film “Bully”

Florida politicians and school officials watched the documentary film Bully over the weekend. The Vice Chair of the Miami Dade School Board, Lawrence Feldman, was at the screening, hosted by the United Teachers of Dade. And watching the film caused him to send a text message while he was in the theater. “Its to my […]

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