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Why Florida Is Fighting The U.S. Education Department Over English Learners

Althea Valle teaches a class of ELL's. She says of the new federal requirement, "I think it’s going to put a lot of pressure on the schools to get these kids where we think they should be."

A 10th grader born in Haiti struggles to read in his class at Godby High School in Tallahassee. The student is more comfortable with Haitian Creole than English. Teacher Althea Valle has students of various nationalities trying to master the language. “It’s a challenge,” Valle says. “There’s a lot of gesturing, and you know sometimes I [...]

Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College

Corinthian Colleges, the parent company of Everest University, has agreed to sell or close all its campuses. This campus is Boston will close. Florida campuses will be sold.

After a long reign as the fastest-growing and most problematic sector in higher education, for-profit colleges are on the ropes. This week the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will review how federal student aid is administered at one of the country’s largest for-profit colleges, the University of Phoenix. Owned by the publicly traded [...]

How Florida’s Graduation Rates Compare To The Nation

Florida’s graduation rate increased by five percentage points between the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, according to new U.S. Department of Education graduation rate data released today. But despite the improving rate, just six states and the District of Columbia have a lower graduation rate than Florida –the same number as last year. The bright [...]

Feds Include Florida’s Largest Charter School Management Firm in Audit

Academica president Fernando Zululeta, at a 2011 meeting in the Bahamas with company leaders. Florida's largest charter school management company is under federal investigation.

UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Education audit is a broad review of charter schools across the country and not limited to Academica or the Mater Academy network it manages, a fact confirmed by the federal agency. Academica disputes the U.S. Department of Education’s initial findings and said they have responded to the agency. We’ve updated [...]

Why States Are Creating A Common Definition For English Language Learners

The federal government is pushing states to consider adopting a common definition for which students qualify as English language learners, Stateline reports. The decision is important because it could affect federal funding for those students. The common definition could also determine which students receive accommodations on standardized tests, such as more time, use of a [...]

Five Florida Districts Selected As Race To The Top Finalists

Five Florida school districts are finalists in the latest round of Race to the Top grants.

Five Florida districts have been chosen as finalists for a total of $400 million in federal Race to the Top grants. Broward, Charlotte, Manatee, Miami-Dade, and Seminole county schools were among the 61 finalists chosen from 372 applications. The department expects to award 15 to 25 grants, which will be announced by year’s end. The [...]

Florida Among States With Lowest High School Graduation Rates

Florida has one of the nation’s lowest graduation rates, according to new federal data released Monday. The U.S. Department of Education shows preliminary four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-2011. It’s the first time that “all states used a common, rigorous measure,” according to the federal agency. Florida landed in the bottom 20 percent of [...]

Nine Florida Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Honors

Florida has nine winners in this year’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, out of 314 schools chosen nationwide. The program honors public and private schools in one of two performance categories: “Exemplary High Performing” is for schools that are among their state’s highest performers, as measured by state assessments or national tests. “Exemplary Improving” recognizes [...]

Jacksonville Congresswoman Wants Federal Investigation of K12

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, has asked the U.S. Department of Education to investigate K12.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, has asked the U.S. Department of Education to investigate K12, a publicly traded online education provider that operates in 42 Florida school districts, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Orange and Duval counties. Citing a Sept. 11 story by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida that reported how [...]

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