Tag: Kathryn LeRoy

Florida schools roundup: Education suit dismissed, Bush’s return and more

Lawsuit dismissed: Florida has not failed to fulfill its constitutional mandate to provide a quality education for all public school students, a circuit court judge has ruled. Judge George Reynolds III dismissed the suit brought by Citizens for Strong Schools and others against the State Department of Education and legislative leaders. The[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Test options, failing schools, flag, choice and more

Testing alternatives: A bill allowing school districts to use alternatives to the Florida Standards Assessments tests didn’t get through this year’s Legislature. But Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, says he’ll make another push for the bill in the 2017 legislative session. Politico Florida. Members of the Manatee Opt-Out movement plead with[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Legislature wrapup, failed bills, autonomy and more

Education legislation: A massive state education bill that widens school choice is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature. The bill changes the was charter school facilities funding is distributed, limits school districts’ spending on capital projects, allows open enrollment for all K-12 public school students, grants immediate eligibility for high school athletes[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Desegregation, choice, bonuses, grades and more

Desegregation case: The NAACP Legal Defense Fund says the Pinellas County School District is not complying with the 1964 court order governing the district’s anti-discrimination efforts. So the plaintiffs in Bradley vs. Pinellas County School Board are asking a federal court to intervene to force the district to give more help to struggling[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Budget, bills, testing, recess, workbook ban and more

K-12 spending: Legislators are touting the record spending on K-12 education in this year’s budget. But Orange County school officials and the Florida Education Association say the increase of about 1 percent doesn’t even cover inflation. Orlando Sentinel. News Service of Florida. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, says there[Read More…]