Tag: class size

School choice in name only? Key Florida lawmaker wants to know

The chairman of Florida’s Senate Education Committee wants to know if some school choice programs exist only on paper, creating a financial advantage for their districts but no “meaningful” options for students. Florida’s constitution limits class sizes in most public schools, but state law gives charter schools more flexibility. A 2013 law created[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Lobbying, tax credit scholarships, class size and more

Tax credit scholarships. The Ocala Star-Banner and Pensacola News-Journal take in-depth looks at the growth and impact of the program. Florida’s tax credit scholarships are administered by organizations like Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog and employs the author of this post. Busing. Race, discipline, cultural competency, school integration[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Superintendents, STEM, school recognition and more

Superintendents. It’s not elected-vs-appointed that matters; it’s the quality of leadership, state Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, writes in the Pensacola News-Journal.  Palm Beach school board members are incensed that their superintendent is job-hunting in nearby districts. Palm Beach Post.  Duval Superintedent Nikolai Vitti gives the school board his self-evaluation. Florida[Read More…]

Florida Roundup: Open enrollment, charter schools, magnet schools and more.

Open enrollment. Parents debate Duval County’s open enrollment proposal at community meetings in Jacksonville. Florida Times-Union. Charter Schools. A Senate panel scales back legislation aimed at easing their expansion. News Service of Florida. Gradebook. State Sen. Dwight Bullard pans charters on MSNBC’s Ed Show. Magnet schools. Demand for new Pinellas[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter school students, class size tradeoffs & more

Legislature. The Senate Education Committee looks like it’s done for the session, meaning bills like Sen. Jeff Brandes’ micro-credits idea are stranded and maybe dead. Gradebook. Charter schools. About 300 charter schools students lobby lawmakers for charter school funding, reports Naked Politics. Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, says he wants to remove[Read More…]

Florida roundup: parent trigger, teacher pay, district charter schools & more

Charter schools. Some big ideas on tap for today’s discussion in the Senate Education Committee, including a proposal to let school districts start their own charter schools. Tampa Bay Times. Tax credit scholarships. Jewish groups let lawmakers know much they value them. South Florida Sun Sentinel. Parent trigger. Senate sponsor[Read More…]