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Charter School Applicants Could Have To Disclose Ties To Other Schools

The State Board of Education will consider changing the state’s standard contract for charter schools to require applicants to report affiliations with other charter schools. Charter school applicants would also have to report the academic and financial performance of those schools. The proposal is a response to the rate of charter school closures across the […]

Evaluation: Education Commissioner Is (Mostly) Meeting Her Goals

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says she is largely meeting goals leading Florida schools. The State Department of Education posted Stewart’s self-evaluation of her performance Thursday. The State Board of Education is scheduled to discuss Stewart’s evaluation at a meeting next week. Stewart says she has met the top three goals set out for her by […]

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 […]

Is Florida’s School Grading System Too Complicated?

Florida officials made just two major changes to the state formula which determines A-to-F school grades during the first six years of its use — adding a component to measure student test improvement from year-to-year and expanding the number of students included in the formula. But since 2010 the state has made 16 changes to […]

Florida Department of Education Overestimated Budget Request By $342 Million

Florida Department of Education staff told the State Board of Education the agency overestimated the amount of money needed to upgrade school technology next year by $342 million. The agency based its request on a dated school district survey from 2011, and districts have upgraded their bandwidth and available computers since then. In addition, the […]

With Lots Of Support, Interim Commissioner Hasn’t Applied For Permanent Job

Dozens of candidates have applied for the Commissioner of Education post. Interim Commissioner Pam Stewart is not one of them, although she has suggested she’d be willing to stay in the job. She has support on opposing sides of the aisle in Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Education Association. She was tapped by the […]

No Election Day Break For The State Board Of Education

Election Day isn’t keeping the State Board of Education from meeting this week in Boca Raton. The panel has a full agenda on Election Day that includes a discussion of whether to appeal court rulings in two lawsuits: Teacher evaluations –  The Florida Education Association and two named teachers sued the State Board of Education […]

Race-Based Scoring Controversy Gets Attention From Lawmakers

Governor Rick Scott doesn’t like the way the State Board of Education has proposed closing the achievement gap between students. The board released a five year plan that sets different passing thresholds on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) — which vary by student race and ethnicity. The plan calls for higher passing scores among Asian […]

Highlights From State Board Of Education Meeting

The State Board of Education had a day-long meeting in Orlando Tuesday. Here are the highlights: The Board approved a plan by the Florida Department of Education to ask lawmakers for $15.2 billion in spending next fiscal year. That’s a 4.4 percent increase over the current year. The Board figures the state’s transition to digital […]

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