Tag: Lee County School District

Florida schools roundup: Common Core, school spending, arts education & more

Common Core. Tony Bennett promises the most aggressive deployment of Common Core in the country. StateImpact Florida. Teacher raises. Guidance from the governor’s office, reports Gradebook. Alachua teachers are getting a 2 percent raise., reports the Gainesville Sun. Teacher conduct. Snoozing teacher, two day suspension. South Florida Sun Sentinel. Teacher evals. Needs tweaking,[Read More…]

Florida roundup: merit pay cheers, parent trigger stink, teacher evals & more

Parent trigger. Parent trigger is not worth the fuss, writes Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab: “We’re wasting time with political gamesmanship over a bill that both sides are making a bigger stink over than it’s worth.” Tony Bennett. New Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz accuses former super Tony Bennett, of wasteful spending[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, virtual schools, diploma paths & more

Virtual schools. In an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, politely suggests to the Florida Legislature that cutting funding for Florida Virtual School is a bad idea. Charter schools. Many charter schools struggle under the state’s funding system to spend enough in the classroom, reports the Daytona Beach[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter school students, class size tradeoffs & more

Legislature. The Senate Education Committee looks like it’s done for the session, meaning bills like Sen. Jeff Brandes’ micro-credits idea are stranded and maybe dead. Gradebook. Charter schools. About 300 charter schools students lobby lawmakers for charter school funding, reports Naked Politics. Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, says he wants to remove[Read More…]

Florida roundup: virtual school funding, gun-toting teachers, Florida model & more

Virtual school. Florida Virtual School supporters fear a tweak in how per-course funding is calculated will result in big cuts. The Buzz and Tallahassee Democrat. Charter schools. A Palm Beach County charter school is appealing the school board’s decision to close it, saying the district didn’t do enough to help it,[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, parent power, Will Weatherford & more

Charter schools. Tampa Bay Times: “Stop the giveaway to charter schools.” A charter school company is interesting in buying property at one of more of the three schools that the school board recently voted to shut down next year, reports Florida Today. Will Weatherford. StateImpact Florida talks to him about[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, private schools, the Florida model & more

Charter schools. The Tampa Tribune suggests a compromise is in the works on bills dealing with charter schools funding, facilities and accountability. Senate education leaders want a broader discussion about a proposal to give charter schools dibs on unused school buildings, reports Gradebook. Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano lists support for[Read More…]

Florida roundup: school security, school closings, school rankings & more

School security. The Legislature is looking at a range of school security proposals, including allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds and allowing local voters to hike taxes to pay for school security measures, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino offers his take[Read More…]