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Florida Students Talk About The State’s Race-Based Education Standards

Students and civil rights activists are still asking Florida to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard. It’s been a little more than a year since the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state’s race-based academic goals. There have […]

Why Some Schools Are Throwing Out The Old Grading System

Some Minnesota school districts have found that student scores on state standardized tests were not matching grades earned for classroom work, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. To correct the problem, districts are switching to standards-based grading which ties student performance to what they are expected to know. Under the new system, students are allowed […]

Florida Yet To Adopt New Science Standards Which Emphasize Climate Change

Florida is not helping lead efforts to develop new science standards, our colleagues at WLRN report, and it’s unclear if the state will adopt the standards. The new standards would begin teaching students in elementary school about the effects of climate change. The science standards are expected to be released next month. The Sunshine State is […]

Report Says Accountability Is Essential To Improving Florida Schools

Florida’s system of public education is flourishing thanks to high standards and measures of accountability. That’s the gist of a briefing from the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability. The authors note that Florida ranked in the top 11 in the last four years in Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report. “That’s not […]

How Jeb Bush Stood Up To ALEC For National Education Standards

Last summer, a multi-state legislative group was meeting in New Orleans to hammer out a list of education priorities. The group, the American Legislative Exchange Council, includes both lawmakers and corporate members who favor limited government and free market policies. On their agenda in New Orleans was a resolution opposing the still-developing Common Core national […]

Why Bright Futures Scholars Would Have To Raise Their Grades

Elisa Huapilla is the first person in her family to attend college. She didn’t know what to expect at Florida State University. A lottery-funded Bright Futures scholarship pays part of the tuition. “The transition period can be very difficult,” she says. “I had nobody at home to call to tell me how college was supposed […]

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