More school choice, better teacher quality

Editor’s note: John Merrifield is an economics professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio whose primary academic interest is school system reform studies. He’s also editor of the Journal of School Choice, initiator of the annual School Choice and Reform International Academic Conference, and author of the critically acclaimed “The School[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, ed schools, digital devices & more

Charter schools. A circuit judge denies a Pasco charter school’s expansion plan. Tampa Bay Times. Virtual schools. A Fort Myers charter tells parents, wrongly, that they must pay $425 if their kids fail to complete Florida Virtual School classes. Associated Press. Class size amendment. Students down, teachers up. Intercepts. Ed schools. Florida State College[Read More…]

Study finds teacher prep programs inadequate for future educators

The National Council on Teacher Quality released its first Teacher Prep Review today, and the findings show only a handful of colleges and universities adequately train aspiring teachers. Which means many of the programs are leaving new teachers ill-equipped to keep up with the growing rigor of public instruction – and[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Teacher quality, teacher evaluations, a missing forklift & more

Next steps. Florida should adopt parent triggers and education savings accounts to keep the reform momentum going, writes William Mattox at the James Madison Institute. Florida Voices. More on teacher raises. Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal is “long overdue,” writes the Miami Herald. Teachers deserve it, writes the Tampa Tribune. Agreed, writes the Florida[Read More…]