Tag: Gerard Robinson

Florida schools roundup: Anti-violence plan, superintendent’s job and more

School violence: The Miami-Dade School District becomes the first in the country to implement the Sandy Hook Promise in all its schools. It’s a violence-protection program started by parents who lost children in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre in 2012. It emphasizes social inclusion by reaching out to isolated students,[Read More…]

Empower teachers to empower students – Gerard Robinson, podcastED

Over the past few weeks, the NAACP has faced constant pushback from education reformers and school choice advocates for its proposed stance against charter schools. Some of that pushback has come from Gerard Robinson, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, who recently wrote a series of blog posts[Read More…]

Florida roundup: authentic parents, career education, digital learning & more

Charter schools. Tallahassee Democrat columnist Byron Dobson takes issue with last week’s DOE press release about charter school performance, which was headlined, “Report shows charter school students outpace traditional public school students.” “Somehow the DOE headline comes across as a slam against public schools,” he writes. School choice. The Escambia school[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…]

Tony Bennett is Florida’s new education commissioner

He’s in. Tony Bennett, the hard-charging Hoosier with a rock-star rep, is the new face of Florida’s school system and its full-throttle reforms. As expected, the Florida Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday morning to select Bennett, the former state superintendent in Indiana, over two finalists with lower profiles. In[Read More…]

Tony Bennett, two other candidates named finalists for Florida education chief

The Florida Board of Education announced its finalists for education commissioner today, with a list of three candidates including Indiana’s outgoing education chief Tony Bennett. Bennett, who gained national acclaim and criticism for pushing Florida-style education reforms in his home state, lost his re-election bid last month. That immediately sparked rumors that the Chiefs[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Test costs, parent protests, the “Florida Formula” & more

Standardized test costs. They total about $1.7 billion a year nationwide, according to a new report from Brookings that includes state-by-state figures. Not much, concludes researcher Matt Chingos, who adds “perhaps we’re spending less than we should.” Coverage from Education Week and Huffington Post. Former Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson tells the[Read More…]