Tag: Diana Greene

Florida schools roundup: Suspensions, teacher shortages, tax holiday and more

School suspensions: Suspensions in Florida K-12 schools dropped almost 13 percent from the 2011-2012 school year to 2013-2014, according to the Department of Education. That’s a decline of about 54,100 students, from more than 425,600 to 371,500. WUFT. Pinellas County school officials will offer parents of suspended students the option of sending[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Test options, failing schools, flag, choice and more

Testing alternatives: A bill allowing school districts to use alternatives to the Florida Standards Assessments tests didn’t get through this year’s Legislature. But Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, says he’ll make another push for the bill in the 2017 legislative session. Politico Florida. Members of the Manatee Opt-Out movement plead with[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Overhaul skepticism, construction rules and more

Plan questioned: Leaders in St. Petersburg’s black community expressed skepticism that the plan to overhaul five high-poverty elementary schools will work, and are upset that the plan was developed without their input. Members of the Concerned Organization for Quality Education for Black Students say they’ve heard promises from school officials before, but little has[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Teachers protest, sports changes and more

Teachers rally: Thousands of teachers rally at the state Capitol to protest the state’s education system. Their primary issues are overall state education funding, teacher pay and bonuses, and the reliance of testing for judging student achievement. Miami Herald. Palm Beach Post. Tallahassee Democrat. Fort Myers News-Press. Lakeland Ledger. Gainesville Sun. WSVN.[Read More…]