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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 […]

Collier County Superintendent On Teacher Evaluations: “Get It Right”

The criticism is beginning to build against the Florida Department of Education for their botched release of teacher evaluation data this week. Collier County schools superintendent Kamela Patton was one of those unhappy with the errors. She was also concerned that some districts have yet to report evaluation — amounting to about one-quarter of all […]

Let Us Set Our Goals, Joel: Florida Superintendents Find 50 Ways To Cut Red Tape

Gov. Rick Scott asked seven school district superintendents last September to come up with recommendations for cutting red tape in education. The goal was to save money and give teachers more time to focus on teaching instead of unnecessary paperwork. The committee has provided a list of more than fifty recommendations based on the governor’s […]

Superintendent Hopes to Create “A Very Different District”

Robert Runcie began his first full year on the job as head of Broward County Schools. The district has been rebounding from School Board member arrests and a statewide Grand Jury report that called the Board inept and corrupted by contractors and lobbyists. The former chief of staff for the Chicago Board of Education says the scope […]

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:

Seminole County Students Can Choose Online Classes To Fit Their Schedule

Here’s a benefit to online classes you may not have considered: Sleeping in. Seminole County high school students can opt out of early morning courses and take a class or two online later in the day. Others can opt for a mix of home schooling and virtual school. The district is embracing change in an […]

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 […]

Superintendents Begin Public Relations Work Over Expected Drop In FCAT Scores

Monroe County schools superintendent Jesus Jara passes along a timely reminder as Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test season approaches: Lower FCAT scores do not mean students are learning less. The state has raised minimum standards on the FCAT, which means more students are likely to fail to achieve a passing score and require remediation. School grades […]

Should Students With Disabilities Count Toward School Grades?

One of the strings that comes with Florida’s exemptions from some No Child Left Behind requirements is that the state needs to include more students in its school grade formula. This includes students with disabilities and those learning English. Lawmakers are working on a bill and the state Board of Education will meet next week […]

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