Tag: Jackie Pons

Florida schools roundup: Testing cutbacks, religion in schools and more

Testing cutbacks: A new plan to cut back on student testing is gaining bipartisan support. The identical bills (S.B. 964 and H.B. 1249), filed by Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, and Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, would eliminate several high school end-of-course exams, give districts the option to offer paper-pencil state testing, allow[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: District assessed, unsanctioned party and more

District assessment: The Marion County School District has an extreme disconnect between curriculum and the information given to students on the state tests, according to Jonathan Grantham, deputy superintendent of curriculum. He also says that when the current administration took over in November, the school district was “disorganized and top heavy,”[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Turnarounds, bonuses, choice, discipline and more

Turnaround concerns: A battle is developing between state and local education officials over control of schools. The Department of Education has been actively intervening to turn around low-performing schools, sometimes requiring schools replace principals and teacher. That puts the state “on the verge of overstepping their authority,” says Bill Husfelt, Bay[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Graduation rate, segregation, class time and more

Graduation rate up: The state’s high school graduation rate for 2016 was a record 80.7 percent, according to the Department of Education. That’s 2.8 percentage points over the 2015 rate. Fifty-five of the state’s 67 districts showed improvement. Florida Department of Education. Orlando Sentinel. Miami Herald. Palm Beach Post. Gradebook. Florida[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Superintendent investigated, pay raise request and more

Superintendent investigated: Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons is under investigation after “possibly compromising” photos were given anonymously to district officials. The photos apparently show Pons getting into and out of a car with a female district employee in a heavily wooded area. Pons, who lost his bid for re-election[Read More…]