Tag: Academica

Florida schools roundup: Grading, charters, pay raises and more

School grading: The Seminole County School District is considering changes to its controversial middle-school grading system for assignments and tests, from the 0-4 method back to something like the traditional 0-100 model. Orlando Sentinel. Charter schools controversy: Academica’s for-profit charter school Doral Academy has narrowly won approval to open in Jefferson[Read More…]

Florida roundup: virtual schools, magnet schools, paddling & more

Virtual schools. Florida Virtual School is battling proposed budget cuts, reports Associated Press. A state investigation finds online provider K12 Inc. employed three teachers who lacked proper certification to teach some subjects, reports StateImpact Florida. Magnet schools. A Hillsborough high school best known for its football program starts an academic program heavy[Read More…]

Equitable funding, independent authorizers top wish list for charter school backers

If the chatter among Florida charter school supporters is any indication, expect to see proposed legislation next spring that calls for equitable funding for charter schools and the return of charter authorizers who are independent from public school districts. “This is a forced marriage that needs counseling,’’ joked Ralph Arza,[Read More…]

Teachers unions are private corporations too

A Miami Herald story this week about the political contributions of teachers unions and for-profit education companies in Florida offers another opportunity to consider the term “privatization.” The word has become a potent weapon in debates about the continuing customization of public education. But it’s being misused, and needs to[Read More…]