Parent Empowerment

Florida roundup: Common Core, summer camps, digital classrooms & more

Common Core: Sen. John Legg tries to clear up confusion about the Common Core State Standards. Tampa Tribune. Stepping down: An elementary school principal makes good on his threat to retire following an ethics complaint against a Palm Beach County school board member whose children attended the school. Palm Beach Post.[Read More…]

A charter conversion with parents and teachers speaking in one loud voice

In a state that has found itself politically deadlocked over whether parents should be given the power to change who runs a public school, a Bradenton elementary magnet school pulled its own type of trigger this week. The vote to convert to a charter school was made under existing Florida law,[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Charter school conversion, black males, budget fixes & more

Going charter: An overwhelming number of parents and teachers voted in favor of converting Rowlett Magnet Elementary in Bradenton into a charter school. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. More from the Bradenton Herald. Job cuts: Plans to cut and downgrade Polk County school district positions are put on hold. Ledger. Budget fix: Residents tell[Read More…]

Clay County superintendent gets private school student into JROTC

Clay County public schools superintendent Charlie Van Zant has given the green light for 15-year-old private school student Kevin Gines to attend the district’s Junior ROTC program. “This isn’t that hard,’’ said Van Zant, who was able to quickly resolve an issue over whether Gines was eligible. “We’re not going to keep a kid out of[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Grad rates, charter school conversions, school nurses & more

FCAT: Florida releases scores today for reading, math and science. Miami Herald. Graduation rates: Florida sees strong growth in grad rates, report finds. Gradebook. Florida’s high school graduation rates for Hispanics tops nation. Orlando Sentinel and Miami Herald. Charter school conversion: Rowlett parents weigh the benefits of converting their district school into[Read More…]

Wanted in Florida: charter schools with track record of helping neediest students

How can Florida attract highly regarded charter schools outfits like Rocketship and Yes Prep? Some of the state’s top education leaders hope to figure that out as they begin looking more closely at why those high-impact schools aren’t in Florida now. “We need to do a better job, in my[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…]

Florida school district looks into JROTC denial for private school student

A private school student denied enrollment in a public school Junior ROTC program in Florida may get a chance to participate after all. Clay County Superintendent Charlie Van Zant told redefinED Wednesday he is looking into his district’s recent decision with the hope of getting 15-year-old Kevin Gines into JROTC[Read More…]