Tag: andy ford

Doug Tuthill: To have an education grand bargain for Florida’s future, look to its past

A day after the Florida Board of Education unanimously approved former House Speaker Richard Corcoran to be Florida’s new Commissioner of Education, the new president of Florida’s state teachers union extended an olive branch. Florida Education Association (FEA) President Fedrick Ingram told the Tampa Bay Times: “We want to work[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Tax credit scholarships, teacher conduct, Andy Ford & more

Tax credit scholarships. On his blog The Fine Print, the AP’s Gary Fineout lists the “voucher” testing debate as one of the five biggest questions of the session. The Times/Herald takes a look at the “powerful political forces” supporting school choice scholarships. (The tax credit scholarships program is administered by Step[Read More…]

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

Charter schools. The Pembroke Pines Charter Schools system, which recently cut teacher pay, is asking parents to pay $1,000 per student per year to restore the system’s reserves. South Florida Sun Sentinel. Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill boosting accountability for charter schools. Orlando Sentinel. Common Core. FEA President Andy[Read More…]

Florida roundup: parent trigger, school turnarounds, diploma tracks & more

Parent trigger. Who are Sunshine Parents, a group tied to parent trigger? Tampa Bay Times. More on AnswerSheet. More questions about who signed or didn’t sign a petition in support of parent trigger, reports The Buzz. Turnaround schools. A number of schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough face prescriptive state intervention[Read More…]

Florida roundup: parent power, Common Core, Rick Scott & more

Parent power. Florida gets high marks from the Center for Education Reform. Jacksonville Business Journal. Common Core. Andy Ford’s take on Common Core. StateImpact Florida. Teacher evaluations. Don’t shield the data from public scrutiny. Florida Times Union. Rick Scott. Talks with superintendents about teacher pay, teacher evals, Common Core –[Read More…]

Florida education summit puts focus on Common Core’s potential, challenges

Florida business leaders put a spotlight Wednesday on the promise and potential pitfalls of Common Core – the tough, new academic standards that are rolling into Florida schools and will help re-shape teaching, learning and testing. At a wide-ranging, day-long education summit in Orlando, several participants suggested a public awareness campaign[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Tony Bennett, voucher testing, Newtown reverberations & more

Not the best fit. Andy Ford, president of the Florida teachers union, says in this Q&A with the Orlando Sentinel that Tony Bennett is “the best fit for the Jeb Bush power structure, but not the best choice for Florida’s students, parents and school employees.” Board of Education member Kathleen[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Jeb Bush, school choice, charter school funding & more

Jeb Bush on FCAT, Common Core, bipartisanship. He tells StateImpact Florida, “Education is one of the few places where you have left-right coalitions that are for reform and left-right coalitions that are against reform. It’s not as monolithic as other areas of policy.” Orange school board considers more school choice.[Read More…]