Tag: Florida and teacher quality

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 Gov. Rick Scott: ‘We don’t want a war on teachers; we want a war on failure’

Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivered the State of the State Address to the Legislature on the opening day of its session Tuesday, stressing jobs and education. Here are his remarks on education, as prepared for delivery: Our work to cut spending and live within our means over the last two years has[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…]

Parent trigger bill filed again in Florida

The most contentious education bill in last year’s Florida Legislature is back this year.Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, filed a “parent trigger” bill Wednesday that is similar to last year’s. Senate Bill 862 would give more power to parents in struggling schools that are mandated by state accountability rules to implement a[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Education reporting, education rankings, Diane Ravitch & more

Florida’s status. Matt Reed, Florida Today’s editorial page editor, takes a look at NAEP data and the most recent Education Week Quality Counts report and concludes: “We obviously have room to improve. But our system is neither starving, as educators always say. Nor is it “broken” or “failing,” as reformers keep telling[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Teacher quality, teacher evaluations, a missing forklift & more

Next steps. Florida should adopt parent triggers and education savings accounts to keep the reform momentum going, writes William Mattox at the James Madison Institute. Florida Voices. More on teacher raises. Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal is “long overdue,” writes the Miami Herald. Teachers deserve it, writes the Tampa Tribune. Agreed, writes the Florida[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Teacher pay, Tony Bennett, Marco Rubio & more

Teacher pay. Gov. Rick Scott says he wants to set aside enough money in this year’s budget to give every district teacher a $2,500 raise. Coverage from Tampa Bay Times, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Naples Daily News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Associated Press, Tallahassee Democrat, Pensacola News Journal. Politics and poll numbers[Read More…]

Report: Florida gets B- for education reform, C- for parental empowerment

Florida earns a C- for policies and program aimed at empowering parents, but that’s good enough for a No. 4 ranking nationally, according to a report card released today by StudentsFirst. Overall, the state earned a No. 2 rank – and a B- grade – from the report, which looked[Read More…]