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Urban Leagues explore school choice

Florida’s Urban Leagues and education advocates are teaming up for a series of town halls later this month that will include discussions on the growing number of learning options available to minorities. The attention to education is nothing new and has always been a cornerstone of the Urban League’s mission to help minorities[Read More…]

Florida private school “voucher” parents join PTA

Earlier this month, the Florida PTA held its annual convention with at least 20 new members in attendance: parents of children who receive tax credit scholarships to attend private schools. Many of them took time off from one or two jobs to attend. And in doing so, they participated in[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: School grades, Common Core, charter schools & more

School grades: Florida has a record-high 107 F-rated schools this year. Miami Herald. Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando all earned overall “C” grades. Tampa Bay Times. Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie says the district’s school grade drops mirror declines statewide, but students still performed better or as well as last year. Sun-Sentinel. For the first time in nine years,[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Common Core, school spending, athletics & more

Parent focus: Lincoln Park Elementary Principal Cassandra Smith plans to work closely with parents at the turnaround school in Escambia County. Pensacola News Journal. School spending: Manatee County School Board members meet tonight to consider a 2.16 percent increase to this year’s tax levy to help bring in more money for[Read More…]

Florida roundup: education videos, Common Core, school supplies & more

Common Core. Now the PR battle is on. StateImpact Florida. School spending. Lee County finds it’s tough to hire school therapists when they’d be on the same salary schedule as teachers and could make more elsewhere. Fort Myers News Press. Teacher pay: The Volusia County School Board looks at pay raises and[Read More…]

Private school anchors couple’s vision for uplifting black community

Whatever it takes. That’s the daily mantra for Suzette and Daniel Dean, a Florida husband-and-wife team who founded a small private religious school in the heart of a struggling black community. It’s a way of life that started almost from the moment the native Jamaicans met at their Miami church.[Read More…]

New advocacy group to focus on helping Jewish day schools thrive

Finances were always a struggle for the Hebrew Academy of Tampa Bay, a small Jewish day school in Florida. But when the economy tanked a few years ago, the struggle turned into a fight for survival. “We had to go out and find those dollars,’’ said Sulha Dubrowski, the school’s[Read More…]

Parent: Charter school conversion idea sparked by frustration with school district

The former superintendent abruptly resigned amidst a budget shortfall. The new superintendent came under fire immediately for alleged plagiarism. Now teacher positions are being cut. Given that backdrop, some parents at one of the most popular magnet schools in Manatee County, Fla., say it’s obvious why they want to convert[Read More…]