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New Database Will Track Who Runs Charter Schools

Florida school districts will have a new way to track the financial and academic records of charter school operators. For the first time, a new database is connecting charter schools to who runs them. The goal is to reduce the number of charter schools that close. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers wants to […]

Additional Florida School Security Could Cost $100 Million

Two Florida Senate committees will discuss ideas to improve school safety and security in Tallahassee this week. It’s an issue that is suddenly considered a priority for lawmakers. Districts have been reviewing their security procedures since 26 people were killed – most of them students – inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last […]

Group Wants To Close More Low-Performing Charter Schools, Review Proposed Schools

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers has launched a campaign put one million more children into 3,000 high-performing schools over the next five years. Organizers put an emphasis on “high performing” because they want the lowest performers shut down. Greg Richmond, President and CEO of NACSA, acknowledged that many charters are not serving students […]

Some Florida School Districts Not Checking For K12 Problems

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from the version originally published. Seminole County teacher Amy Capelle had to make a decision. Her supervisor at the nation’s largest online school, K12, asked her to sign a roster saying she’d taught 112 kids. She’d only taught seven. “If you see your name next to a student […]

Students Riding School Buses Must Pass Through Security Checkpoints for RNC

The Republican National Convention is expected to take over large parts of Tampa starting Monday—and immense traffic and congestion will likely flood some streets in the city. But the Hillsborough County School District has a plan to help students to school on time. Schools between the Davis Islands and Harbor Island area would be affected […]

Romney Education Plan Could Eliminate School District Lines

Mitt Romney’s education plan would effectively erase school district boundaries — allowing city students to enroll in the surburban schools they’ve eyed enviously, James E. Ryan writes in the New York Times. Mr. Romney’s proposal, if put in place, could change that. Most directly, and perhaps most dramatically, Mr. Romney’s proposal would force — yes, […]

How Florida School Districts Are Negotiating Next Year’s Teacher Contracts

Contract negotiations between Florida’s school districts and teacher unions is in full swing, but district face very different budget situations. Here’s a roundup of labor news around the state from the past week: Palm Beach County is facing a $31.7 million budget shortfall, but the teachers’ union is asking for raises, according to the South […]

Parents Requested School Not Acknowledge Trayvon Martin’s Death, School District Says

This morning, the chief communications director for the Miami-Dade County school district, John Schuster said there is a reason the school did not announce Martin’s death on campus. “Shortly after Trayvon’s death, his parents asked the school’s principal for privacy in the matter,” Schuster said. “So counselors couldn’t do what they normally do. They couldn’t […]

How Trayvon Martin’s High School Reacted To His Public Death

It’s been nearly a month since self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen in Sanford, Fla. Martin’s death has inspired a national debate about race and justice. But at the high school Martin attended in Miami, his death had not been announced publicly until today, when the school […]

When Is An A Not An A?

Manatee County schools’ response to Wednesday’s school grade announcement caught our eye this afternoon. “Five of seven Manatee District High Schools scored enough points to qualify for an A grade from the state,” a press release read. What the carefully worded release did not say is that five of seven Manatee high school actually earned […]

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