Tag: online learning

Florida Virtual School cuts 177 jobs

Hits to Florida Virtual School continue this week with the nation’s largest provider of online classes cutting 177 full-time positions. The cuts to instructional and support staff came Monday, and follow last month’s elimination of 625 part-time teaching positions. The move was necessary, program officials said, after an internal review showed pre-enrollment had dropped 32 percent compared[Read More…]

Enrollment hit to Florida Virtual School drawing lawmakers’ attention

Florida lawmakers are starting to key in on a recent funding change that has put a big dent in enrollment at Florida Virtual School, with one promising the issue will be revisited in coming months and another saying action against school districts may be warranted. When legislative committees meet in[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Common Core, school grades, ed spending & more

Accountability: A look at why the accountability piece in former Gov. Jeb Bush’s overall education program seems to be eroding. The Cato Institute. State education officials stall on a records request for a  school-by-school breakdown of school grades that would show how each school fared under the original grading formula. Tampa Bay Times. Duval County[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: early learning, online learning, STEM camps & more

Online learning. Broward College creates Broward College Online. South Florida Sun Sentinel. Flagler considers distributing thousands of laptops to high school students next year. Daytona Beach News Journal. Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, tells the News Service of Florida (subscription required) that it didn’t get traction on its top[Read More…]

Florida DOE: Don’t deter students from Florida Virtual School

After months of reports that some Florida public schools are limiting or denying students access to Florida Virtual School, the state’s chancellor of public schools is putting districts on notice. “School districts may not limit student access to courses offered through the FLVS,” Pam Stewart wrote in a recent memo[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: vouchers in Ohio, tax credit scholarships in Delaware, charter school performance & more

National. A new study from CREDO shows charter schools improving nationally, compared to traditional public schools, but with results varying widely from state to state. National coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post, Hechinger Report, Charters & Choice, Associated Press, Huffington Post. State-level coverage in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Salt Lake City Tribune, Tampa Bay Times,[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Catholic schools, teacher pay, accountability gaming & more

Catholic schools. Yet another Catholic school closes, this one in Palm Beach County, with many students turning to charter schools. South Florida Sun Sentinel. Charter schools. One in east Hillsborough will close after multiple issues, reports the Tampa Tribune. Dayspring Academy in Pasco, co-founded by state Sen. John Legg, wants to[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Charlie Crist, FLVS, accountability gaming & more

Charter schools. Excel Leadership Academy in West Palm Beach makes its case to stay open before an administrative law judge, reports Extra Credit. The Daytona Beach News Journal looks at a struggling charter in Flagler. Virtual schools. The Palm Beach Post looks at the potential financial hit to Florida Virtual School[Read More…]