Tag: Florida and graduation rates

Florida roundup: FCAT money, charter schools, parent trigger & more

School recognition funds. About 1,700 schools will get about $134 million, reports Gradebook. More from SchoolZone, Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, TCPalm.com, Florida Times Union, Naples Daily News. Charter schools. Palm Beach Post: “Palm Beach County has pledged to help a nonprofit charter school sell $10.5 million in mostly[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Parent trigger, magnet schools, cyber bullying & more

Digital learning. Lawmakers are set to consider a digital education bill that would allow school districts to create “innovation schools” similar to charter schools. Gradebook. Parent trigger. House version is filed, reports SchoolZone. Democrats concede they probably don’t have the votes to stop it this year, reports Naked Politics. Magnet schools.[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: Education Week rankings, charter school access & more

Quality Counts. Florida ranks No. 6 this year in Education Week’s annual report. Coverage from redefinED, Associated Press, Miami Herald, Gradebook, Orlando Sentinel, StateImpact Florida, Fort Myers News Press, Naples Daily News, WCTV, News4Jax. More from Huffington Post. Charter school access. SchoolZone takes a critical look at the first policy[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Grad rates, guidance counselors, charter schools & more

Charter school performance. StateImpact Florida gives more ink to University of Central Florida Professor Stanley Smith. His latest analysis finds little difference in academic performance between charter schools and district schools in Florida. Grad rates. The new, tougher federal formula could backfire if states ease up on their graduation requirements,[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Where’s the money, teacher turnover, grad rates and more

Financial irregularities. Eighty-five percent of district schools in Palm Beach County show financial irregularities, an audit finds, with some cases involving “thousands of missing dollars, spotty tracking of fundraising cash and outstanding deficits in school funds,” reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Teacher turnover. The Pasco district knows it must[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Tony Bennett, choice and competition, cherry picking & more

Tony Bennett. He’s in the mix for Florida education commissioner. Coverage from Orlando Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, StateImpact Florida. A list of all candidates on Gradebook here. Welcoming competition. New Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is recommending the school board approve 12 of 14 charter school applications up for a vote today, reports[Read More…]