Tag: Mark Porter

Free school lunches at risk for 200,000, teacher evaluations, rezoning and more

Free lunches threatened: Almost 200,000 Florida students could lose automatic access to free or reduced-price school lunches if a new Trump administration proposal to limit the number of people enrolled in the federal food stamps program (SNAP) is enacted, according to the Florida Policy Institute. Hardest hit would be Okeechobee County, where 83 percent of students are now automatically eligible…

Teacher evaluations: Miami-Dade County school officials are offering to develop, in partnership with the teachers union, an alternative teacher evaluation system to the controversial value-added model that places an emphasis on how much growth students show on standardized test scores in reading and math…

New school rezoning approach: Instead of drawing defined school boundaries for a new school that’s opening in the Viera area in 2020, Brevard school officials have decided to use open enrollment and offer seats to anyone in the county. The school is expected to have 300 to 400 students in its first year, and if more apply a lottery will be used to select students….

Florida schools roundup: Voucher bill, Bright Futures, education funds and more

Voucher expansion: The House Education Committee approves a bill that would use the state’s general revenue to expand a state scholarship program for students to attend private schools. The Family Empowerment Scholarship would be open to about 28,000 students, twice as many as the Senate is proposing, and students from[Read More…]