Tag: Brookings

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to talk school choice in Florida

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will be in Florida Friday to talk about school choice. He’s scheduled to tour the Academy Prep private school in Tampa, and hold a roundtable discussion with students and parents. Students at the highly regarded school attend with the help of Florida’s tax credit[Read More…]

StudentsFirst: voucher programs should prioritize students with greatest need

Editor’s note: This guest post from StudentsFirst is authored by Vice President of Fiscal Strategy Rebecca Sibilia and fiscal policy analyst Sean Gill. We appreciate Doug Tuthill’s recent redefinED post challenging StudentsFirst to consider supporting voucher or tax-credit scholarship programs that aren’t just limited to what he describes as the “failing schools”[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Tony Bennett in Florida, voucher parents in Louisiana, charters in Washington & more

Florida: Tony Bennett is selected the state’s new education commissioner (redefinED). He tells reporters afterwards that he champions school choice first and foremost because of the social justice component (redefinED). A new group headed by T. Willard Fair,  co-founder of the state’s first charter school, aims to create a pipeline[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Test costs, parent protests, the “Florida Formula” & more

Standardized test costs. They total about $1.7 billion a year nationwide, according to a new report from Brookings that includes state-by-state figures. Not much, concludes researcher Matt Chingos, who adds “perhaps we’re spending less than we should.” Coverage from Education Week and Huffington Post. Former Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson tells the[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Gerard Robinson, a DOE rebuttal, career academies & more

Gerard Robinson. The former Florida education commissioner, who stepped down three months ago, will be among the panelists next week responding to a new Brookings report on standardized testing and the Common Core. More here. DOE responds to Tampa Bay Times contracting story. I can’t remember the last time DOE did a point-by-point, line-by-line[Read More…]