Tag: FEA

Florida schools roundup: turnarounds, teacher conduct, legislative wrap-ups & more

School turnarounds. Tampa Bay Times education editor Tom Tobin offers his take on what it takes: “a long, slow slog that requires principals and teachers to keep on task, stay inspired and fight through times when things don’t seem to be working.” The Times also offers a statistical snapshot of[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: parent trigger, merit pay, mentors & more

Parent trigger. Joe Henderson from the Tampa Tribune on parent trigger: “In my opinion, it started from the flawed premise that it’s always the institution’s fault when a school fails.” Tallahassee Democrat: “What we don’t need is to have for-profit corporations lobbying parents to shut down or privatize a public school.” The[Read More…]

Florida roundup: parent power, Common Core, Rick Scott & more

Parent power. Florida gets high marks from the Center for Education Reform. Jacksonville Business Journal. Common Core. Andy Ford’s take on Common Core. StateImpact Florida. Teacher evaluations. Don’t shield the data from public scrutiny. Florida Times Union. Rick Scott. Talks with superintendents about teacher pay, teacher evals, Common Core –[Read More…]

Florida roundup: teacher eval lawsuit, Michelle Rhee, budget requests & more

Teacher evaluations. The NEA and FEA file a federal suit against the new teacher evaluations system in Florida. Coverage from the Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press, Times/Herald, Tallahassee Democrat, Gainesville Sun, Pensacola News Journal, Gradebook, Education Week, PolitiJax, State Impact Florida, New York Times, Answer Sheet. FEA statement here. Lawmakers need to fix glaring flaws,[Read More…]

New parent trigger bill clears first hurdle in Florida House

The parent trigger bill is back in the Florida Legislature this year and, judging by the spirited 8-5 party line vote it got in its first committee stop Thursday, perhaps as contentious as ever. But unlike last year, some Florida parents and child advocates not only voiced support, but drove to[Read More…]

Florida education summit puts focus on Common Core’s potential, challenges

Florida business leaders put a spotlight Wednesday on the promise and potential pitfalls of Common Core – the tough, new academic standards that are rolling into Florida schools and will help re-shape teaching, learning and testing. At a wide-ranging, day-long education summit in Orlando, several participants suggested a public awareness campaign[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Parent triggers, tutoring oversight, charter school funding & more

Parent trigger. Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, files a bill similar to last year’s, drawing immediate fire from the Florida Democratic Party. News Service of Florida. More from the Tallahassee Democrat. More tutoring oversight. The U.S. Department of Education is disturbed by what the Tampa Bay Times found with Florida’s state-mandated[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Tutoring oversight, teachers unions, Tony Bennett & more

Tutoring oversight. In the first part of a two-part series on a requirement initially mandated by No Child Left Behind, a  Tampa Bay Times investigation finds at least 36 of 456 tutoring companies in Florida are headed by people with criminal records. In part two, the Times traces last year’s last-minute legislative push to[Read More…]