Tag: failure factories

Florida schools roundup: Failure Factories, civil rights, testing and more

Failure Factories: The Tampa Bay Times has won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for its stories on five failing St. Petersburg elementary schools. The series, labeled Failure Factories, detailed how the Pinellas County School District abandoned integration efforts in 2007 and then failed to provide adequate resources for the schools, which became[Read More…]

Lawmakers propose constitutional overhaul for Florida school districts

Florida school districts would no longer be defined exclusively by county lines, under a constitutional amendment proposed by two state lawmakers. If passed by the Legislature and approved by voters, the amendments would allow the state or local governments to create new school districts — a concept analogous, in some ways, to the[Read More…]

Florida bill would give principals freedom to turn around schools

As attention swirls around efforts to turn around persistently struggling schools, Florida lawmakers want to give some principals more money, extra training and more operational freedom to improve their schools’ performance. Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, a former school administrator, has repeatedly pushed legislation that would give principals in traditional public schools some of the same[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Failure factories, teachers unions, discipline and more

Failure factories. The latest Tampa Bay Times investigation installment looks at teacher quality in segregated schools. Teachers unions. The Florida Education Association taps new leadership. Gradebook. Miami Herald. Politico Florida looks at the legacy of the statewide teachers union’s outgoing president, the long-serving Andy Ford. Discipline. Suspensions are down in Hillsborough.[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Charter schools, Catholic schools, testing and more

Catholic schools. A South Florida Catholic school revitalizes itself. Sun-Sentinel. Testing. Escambia schools pare back local testing. Pensacola News-Journal. Scoring on new state assessments may be tougher than FCAT. School Zone. Gradebook. The Senate’s education chairman says testing changes will be up for discussion this year. Gradebook. Charter schools. Longhorn Steakhouse hosts[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Testing, failure factories, Jeb Bush and more

Testing. Florida’s testing system is deemed valid, but questions remain. Politico Florida. StateImpact. Associated Press. News Service of Florida. Tampa Bay Times. Miami Herald. Sun-Sentinel. Sentinel School Zone. Palm Beach Post. Fort Myers News-Press. Bradenton Herald. Naples Daily News. Lakeland Ledger. Ocala Star-Banner. Gainesville Sun. Tallahassee Democrat. Sunshine State News. Failure factories.[Read More…]