Tag: Hillsborough and school security

Florida roundup: Teach for America, charter schools, FCAT season & more

Teach for America. It’s looking at Tampa Bay for expansion. Gradebook. Charter schools. The Orange school board renews four charters and accepts the voluntary closure of another, reports SchoolZone. A charter school’s plans to move in Miami-Dade don’t make its parents or potential new neighbors happy, reports the Miami Herald. A judge[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Parent trigger, magnet schools, cyber bullying & more

Digital learning. Lawmakers are set to consider a digital education bill that would allow school districts to create “innovation schools” similar to charter schools. Gradebook. Parent trigger. House version is filed, reports SchoolZone. Democrats concede they probably don’t have the votes to stop it this year, reports Naked Politics. Magnet schools.[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Teacher pensions, school spending, honeymoons & more

No honeymoon for Bennett. Especially from the teachers union, reports WCTV. The new commissioner should resolve the bureaucratic limbo over concordant test scores needed for graduation, editorializes the Tampa Bay Times. Pensions. It’s a political issue for 2014 now that the Florida Supreme Court has ruled against the teachers unions, writes[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Tony Bennett’s first day, charter school funding, Satanists & more

Tony Bennett. On his first day on the job, he meets with superintendents and the Florida Association of District Administrators and says he is an “unapologetic advocate for school choice,” reports the Tallahassee Democrat. More from The Buzz. His first comments on the “Commissioner’s Blog” here. Interview with StateImpact Florida.[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Education Week rankings, charter school access & more

Quality Counts. Florida ranks No. 6 this year in Education Week’s annual report. Coverage from redefinED, Associated Press, Miami Herald, Gradebook, Orlando Sentinel, StateImpact Florida, Fort Myers News Press, Naples Daily News, WCTV, News4Jax. More from Huffington Post. Charter school access. SchoolZone takes a critical look at the first policy[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Bulletproof backpacks, charter school standards, second thoughts on teacher evaluations & more

Tweaks coming to teacher evals? Gradebook: “Patricia Levesque, executive director of Jeb Bush’s education foundation and a key voice in state education legislation, meanwhile, is floating a draft bill that would alter the evaluation system, too. She sent an e-mail to superintendents last week seeking input.” Tony Bennett on charter[Read More…]