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Florida roundup: Teacher pensions, school spending, honeymoons & more

No honeymoon for Bennett. Especially from the teachers union, reports WCTV. The new commissioner should resolve the bureaucratic limbo over concordant test scores needed for graduation, editorializes the Tampa Bay Times. Pensions. It’s a political issue for 2014 now that the Florida Supreme Court has ruled against the teachers unions, writes[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Another parent trigger in California, charter school performance in Michigan & more

California: A parents group in Los Angeles is using the state’s landmark parent trigger law to force the school district to reform a low-performing school. (Los Angeles Times). More from the Associated Press and Education Week. A national report finds the state continues to lead the nation in charter school growth, despite funding disparities[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Pension ruling, school safety, Bible distribution & more

Pension ruling. In a case brought by the state teachers union, the Florida Supreme Court rules 4-3 that it is constitutional for the state to require teachers and other state workers to contribute 3 percent of their pay towards their pensions. Coverage from the Herald/Times Capital Bureau, Palm Beach Post,[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Metal detectors, charter school laws, test score limbo & more

School safety. Superintendents and lawmakers talk about more funding for more security. Coverage from Gradebook, St. Augustine Record, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Daytona Beach News Journal.  Some are worried about “open campuses,” reports SchoolZone. A bill is filed that would require private schools to get safety alerts, just like public schools,[Read More…]

Bill would require safety alerts for Florida private schools

Florida private schools would get safety alerts just like public schools under a bill filed this week. SB 284, sponsored by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, would require police departments and other emergency response agencies to notify private schools about fires, bomb threats and other major incidents just like they do now with public schools. Only[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Ed reform duel, charter school competition, principal pay & more

Florida reform duel. At Jay P. Greene’s Blog, researcher Matthew Ladner responds to a recent critique of Florida’s reforms from Matt Di Carlo at the Shanker Institute. If you want a serious discussion of what’s working or not in Florida, including the impact or not of school choice, these guys[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Tony Bennett’s first day, charter school funding, Satanists & more

Tony Bennett. On his first day on the job, he meets with superintendents and the Florida Association of District Administrators and says he is an “unapologetic advocate for school choice,” reports the Tallahassee Democrat. More from The Buzz. His first comments on the “Commissioner’s Blog” here. Interview with StateImpact Florida.[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Tony Bennett, school choice fairs, teachers and guns & more

Tony Bennett. The Orlando Sentinel hopes the new commissioner, who begins work today, “treads with discretion.” The Associated Press recalls his tenure in Indiana and ties to Jeb Bush. Expand school choice now! Sort of. The Tampa Bay Times means options under district control: “The broader answer to improving public[Read More…]