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New Database Will Track Who Runs Charter Schools

Charter school advocates think a first-of-its-kind database can help prevent bad apples from opening 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 [...]

Florida Comes In 28th On State Education System Ranking

Florida’s earned a C grade and ranked 28th overall on this year’s Education Week Quality Counts ratings. Education Week gave the state strong scores for equity in student achievement. Test results show minority students generally perform better in Florida than other states, and the gap between white and minority student scores is smaller in Florida [...]

Pinellas Superintendent Outlines District Goals At Education Summit

Education leaders gathered in Orlando today for a summit sponsored by the Florida Sterling Council, a not-for-profit corporation supported by the Executive Office of the Governor. The summit covered a wide range of issues facing schools and universities. Pinellas Superintendent Mike Grego laid out his plan to move the district forward as the state transitions [...]

Researcher Says State Charter School Study Was ‘Poorly Done’ And ‘Biased’

A University of Central Florida business professor and the Florida Department of Education have been swapping research the past week in a debate about whether charter schools perform better than district schools. UCF professor Stanley Smith opened the debate with his analysis of student achievement at traditional and charter schools. His general assessment is that [...]

Should Students Repeat Third-Grade if They Can’t Read Well?

A new study finds Florida district school students learn more in reading than charter school students.

Florida has been holding back third graders who fail the state reading exam since 2003. Now Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico and Tennessee are trying to mirror Florida’s policy, according to The Wall Street Journal. But is Florida’s policy a good one? Jaryn Emhof, with the Foundation for Florida’s Future said third grade is the most important [...]

Poverty, Homelessness Rising Sharply Among Florida Students

Torres is a reporter for the Florida Center on Investigative Reporting. Since the economy collapsed in 2008, Florida’s student population has become poorer each year — with almost all school districts in the state experiencing spikes in the number of kids who qualify for subsidized meals. Children have become homeless at alarming numbers as well. [...]

What Happens To Students When A Charter School Closes?

Florida International Academy charter school students in Opa Locka, Florida.

A Hechinger Report story asks an important question: What happens to students when a charter school closes? The story looks at Akron’s Lighthouse Academy, which is being shut down due to low state standardized test scores. Some parents had vowed to never send their children to district schools, but now make have to do so. [...]

Florida Tops Nation In Charter School Laws, Study Says

The Sunshine State ranks 3rd in the country for having some of the best charter school laws, according to a study by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). Each of the 42 states with charter school laws are scored on how well their laws support charter school growth, accountability and quality. Actual school performance isn’t a factor in the NAPCS [...]

High School Grades Are Out

The state has fewer “F” schools and more “A” and “B” schools, according to new high school grades released by the state. The Florida Department of Education said, “Based on the results… school recognition funds will be determined and will reward schools that have sustained high student performance or demonstrated substantial improvement in student performance.” The “A” [...]

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