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Florida lawmakers to consider a stack of school choice bills

Editor’s note: Another year, another legislative session, another stack of school-choice bills in Florida. Here’s a roundup of choice legislation that lawmakers will consider in the annual session that begins today. Career Academies: SB 1076 by Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz. Expands the “Career and Professional Education Act (CAPE),” revising requirements[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Low graduation rates, teacher raises, Teach for America & more

Grad rates. Not good for Florida, according to this new report from the U.S. Department of Education. In 2009-10, the state’s rate was 70.8 percent, putting it No. 44 among all 50 states and Washington D.C. And unlike other estimates, the federal numbers show modestly improving trend lines rather than strong[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Charter school closing, school choice battle, pushback & more

School choice battle. The Palm Beach Post sees one unfolding in the coming legislative session. Charter school closing. Global Outreach Academy, citing financial problems, tells Flagler school district officials on New Year’s Day that it’s shutting down immediately, reports FlaglerLive.com. Another charter school closes mid-year in Lee County, reports the Fort[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Testing and vouchers, class size flexibility, fan mail & more

Testing for “voucher” kids. The Orlando Sentinel editorial board concludes tax credit scholarship students should take the same standardized tests as their public school peers: “Comparing apples to apples, scholastically speaking, will enhance transparency and accountability.” From Florida with love: A Florida education advocate named Lowell Levine gets extended mention in[Read More…]

Florida Catholic schools embrace Common Core, hope to take FCAT

Florida Catholic schools are embracing Common Core academic standards and seriously considering whether to take the coming state tests aligned to them. In the meantime, their leaders say, 30 to 40 Catholic schools want to administer the FCAT in 2014, in what would be a trial run for potential transition to Common Core[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Jeb Bush, school choice, charter school funding & more

Jeb Bush on FCAT, Common Core, bipartisanship. He tells StateImpact Florida, “Education is one of the few places where you have left-right coalitions that are for reform and left-right coalitions that are against reform. It’s not as monolithic as other areas of policy.” Orange school board considers more school choice.[Read More…]