Tag: Diane Kornegay

Florida schools roundup: Bonuses, testing, bullying, fitness, loans and more

Teacher bonuses: Almost 7,200 Florida teachers will receive bonuses of about $6,800 under the state’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program, the Department of Education announces. That’s 1,800 more than the number who got the bonuses last year, and represents 4 percent of the state’s teachers. First-year teachers can qualify[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Gun violence prevention, charter schools and more

Gun violence prevention: The Miami-Dade coalition Together for Children announces that it has $14 million available for youth gun violence prevention programs. The coalition includes the Miami-Dade County School District, the Children’s Trust, Miami-Dade County, the Office of the State Attorney and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In the past 10[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Senate agenda, graduation rates, top teacher and more

Senate’s education agenda: Senate President Joe Negron’s agenda includes more school choice for K-12 and more money for the state’s universities. The Republican from Stuart also affirms his support for school testing and accountability. WUSF. Graduation rates: South Florida schools’ graduation rates have been rising steadily for five years, and[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Graduation rate, segregation, class time and more

Graduation rate up: The state’s high school graduation rate for 2016 was a record 80.7 percent, according to the Department of Education. That’s 2.8 percentage points over the 2015 rate. Fifty-five of the state’s 67 districts showed improvement. Florida Department of Education. Orlando Sentinel. Miami Herald. Palm Beach Post. Gradebook. Florida[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Teacher pay, testing, budgets, pot concerns and more

Education goals: The head of the Senate’s K-12 appropriations subcommittee wants to raise teacher pay by changing the state’s teacher bonus plan, cut standardized testing and keep offering longer school days to the state’s lowest-performing schools. State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, outlined his 2017 legislative session goals during the subcommittee’s first meeting.[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Mixed testing results, new rules for schools and more

Math, science testing: Florida eighth-graders have improved their performance in math and science testing since 2011, but still rank below students around the United States, according to a survey of 20,000 students worldwide by Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. Fourth-graders in Florida performed about as well as their U.S.[Read More…]