Tag: Florida and vouchers

redefinED roundup: voucher testing in Florida, school choice prospects for the New Year and more

Florida: Incoming Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett talks about the idea of voucher students being required to take the same standardized tests as their public school peers (Tampa Bay Times’ Gradebook blog). Texas: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst sees expanded school choice as part of a legislative agenda that aims to make[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…]

Letter to editor: “Voucher” (tax credit scholarship) students are tested in Florida

Editor’s note: Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill wrote the following letter, which was published this morning in the Tampa Bay Times. It’s in response to this Times editorial about testing for students in Florida’s tax credit scholarship program and recent comments from Gov. Rick Scott. Some recent news stories have[Read More…]

Florida roundup: school safety, voucher conspiracies, school district spending & more

Newtown school shooting resonates. In added security and what to say.Tampa Tribune. Palm Beach Post. Tampa Bay Times. $1 million for cell phones. The Education Action Group looks at credit card statements in the Palm Beach County school district and finds “enough questionable spending to make an average millionaire blush.”[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Homeschooling, voucher accountability & doubling down on reform

Vouchers and accountability. Gov. Rick Scott’s call for “voucher” students to take the same standardized tests as public school students is long overdue, editorializes the Tampa Bay Times: “Voucher proponents can’t have it both ways,” it concludes. “They can’t claim they are a good bargain for taxpayers but then be[Read More…]

Gov. Rick Scott: parental school choice “makes everybody better”

It’s not news that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is a strong supporter of parental school choice. But some of his comments Wednesday night in Tampa are still noteworthy. Scott was the keynote speaker at the annual donor appreciation dinner for the state’s tax credit scholarship program, which now serves more[Read More…]