Tag: Florida Department of Education

Filming fights prompts debate, graduation rates decline, Teachers Bill of Rights proposed and more

In the Legislature: Sen. Alexis Calatayud introduced legislation to create a Teachers Bill of Rights aimed at changing the rules around how teachers are certified, disciplined and investigated by state officials. SB 244 creates the Teacher Apprenticeship Program, introduces new eligibility criteria for the state’s Dual Enrollment Educator Scholarship and[Read More…]

Florida charter school enrollment increases by 20,000 students

Charter school enrollment in the Sunshine State increased by 20,013 students in the 2021-22 school year according to data released by the Florida Department of Education. More than 360,000 students enrolled in one of 703 charter schools, a growth of 5.8% over the prior year. Unlike private schools, which suffered the first[Read More…]

Florida’s private school enrollment eclipses 400,000 students

Florida’s private school enrollment bounced back from the pandemic stronger and healthier than ever according to the Florida Department of Education’s latest annual report on private schools. The report shows that after suffering the first enrollment declines in a decade, the number of students, staff and schools all increased significantly[Read More…]

New Florida education commissioner signals strong support for school choice on Day 1

Editor’s note: This guest commentary, an exclusive to reimaginED, comes from James Herzog, director of legislative services at the Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools. On June 1, the first day of his tenure as Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Manny Diaz Jr. convened via video more than 20 education policy[Read More…]

Word for Word: Newly confirmed Florida education commissioner pledges to keep his ‘foot on the pedal’ for education choice

Editor’s note: The Florida state board of education unanimously confirmed State Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., an education choice champion, as the state’s next Commissioner of Education on Friday. Diaz, R-Hialeah Gardens, has served in the Florida Legislature since he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012. He won[Read More…]

Florida governor recommends state Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. as next education commissioner

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has recommended education choice champion Manny Diaz Jr. to succeed Richard Corcoran as the state’s next education commissioner. In making the announcement, DeSantis praised Diaz for his commitment to education issues ranging from teacher pay to parental rights and choice. “Manny Diaz has done a great[Read More…]

Commissioner Richard Corcoran announces his planned departure from the Florida Department of Education

Editor’s note: The following announcement was released earlier today by the Florida Department of Education’s Communications Office.  Today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced he will be stepping down from his position at the end of April. He has served as the Commissioner of Education for more than 3 years[Read More…]

Word for Word: Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls on New Worlds Reading Initiative and state’s drive to improve early literacy

Editor’s note: Throughout the week, the Florida Department of Education is recognizing the 14th annual Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, joined Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran at a news conference at a Wakulla County elementary school to highlight the New[Read More…]