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Florida schools roundup: Pam Stewart, coding, bonuses, recess and more

Commissioner diagnosis: Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has been diagnosed with breast cancer, according to a Department of Education press release. She will continue working as she receives treatment. Tallahassee Democrat. Tampa Tribune. Naples Daily News. Gradebook. Coding bill: A Senate committee has approved a bill that would require high[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Class sizes, FSA cut scores and more

Class-size violation: The Pinellas County School District intentionally violated the state’s class-size rules in the 2014-2015 school year, according to an investigation by the Department of Education Office of Inspector General. Tampa Bay Times. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says school districts that used a loophole to avoid the class-size amendment[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Education commissioner, bonuses and more

Elected commissioner: Support is growing among Republican legislators for a bill that would make the education commissioner an elected, Cabinet-level position again. Many of those legislators see an elected education commissioner reversing the state’s adoption of Common Core standards. Naples Daily News. Teacher bonuses bill: The Florida House education committee is pushing[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Funding, charters, poverty and more

School spending: Even if Gov. Rick Scott’s K-12 education spending plans are approved, Florida will continue to lag behind more than 40 states in per-pupil spending. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Consultants and charters: A Tampa couple’s consulting firm is being paid $35,000 by the Hillsborough County School District, and the company’s owner is also in[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Duval investigation, achievement and more

Duval schools investigated: Do black and Hispanic students in Duval County have equal access to a quality education? That’s what the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating, according to a letter the department sent to U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville. Florida Times-Union. The local NAACP office is offering alternatives[Read More…]