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Florida roundup: Charter schools, teacher certification, budgets and more

Charter schools. Florida’s successful charter schools don’t get as much ink as its failing ones, and their success comes despite unfair funding, Pembroke Pines City Commissioner Angelo Castillo writes in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. (His city runs its own network of municipal charters.) A charter school built for the Babcock Ranch development get[Read More…]

For true education adequacy, empower parents

by Doug Tuthill and Travis Pillow The recent Florida adequacy lawsuit decision by Leon County Circuit Judge George Reynolds provides a window into the power struggles within public education and the constitutional contradictions that need to be resolved if public education is to achieve excellence and equity. The lawsuit, which[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Fewer tests, top teacher finalist, choice and more

Testing cutbacks: Hillsborough County elementary students will have fewer tests next school year, and principals and teachers will have more say on what tests are given and when, and how to use the results. Parents and teachers have long complained about the district’s “formative tests,” which measure what children know early in the[Read More…]