Tag: Gates Foundation

Florida schools roundup: District force ripped, security, tax measures and more

District’s force blasted: A Palm Beach County grand jury looking into school security issues a report blasting the school district’s police department, calling it “understaffed, underfunded and underpaid” and saying it is misleading the public about how well it’s protecting schools. “If the Palm Beach County School Board and the[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Budgets, testing, pre-K, tornado days and more

K-12 budget: The Senate and House make no progress on resolving their differences on education spending. Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, presented a final version of the bill to the House, but the cochair of the education budget conference committee, Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, apparently wanted to continue negotiating. So Gaetz ended the talks,[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Tax hike for schools and more

School tax hike: St. Johns County voters approve a half-cent sale tax increase to pay for new schools and renovate existing ones. St. Augustine Record. WJAX. Florida Politics. School testing: Brevard County Superintendent Desmond Blackburn is canceling 192 mandatory district-level assessments tests while he evaluates the county’s examination system. Florida Today.[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Charter schools, testing and more

Charter schools: K12 Inc., a company that operates two charter schools in South Florida, accuses the board chairman of those schools of possibly breaking ethics laws by writing checks to a nonprofit organization he runs and its chief administrative officer. Sun-Sentinel. The Washington Post recounts the story of the relationship between Jeb Bush and an[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Gates Foundation, testing and more

Gates Foundation: Hillsborough County’s school district will dismantle the complex teacher evaluation system it developed six years ago with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tampa Bay Times. School testing: This week’s Board of Education hearing reveals a perception gap among parents, school officials and business leaders on school testing and accountability. Miami[Read More…]