Tag: Pam Stewart

Florida schools roundup: Education plans, new standards, punishment and more

Education proposals get a look: This week, legislators will begin to consider Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposals to rework the educator bonuses program, launch an Equal Opportunity Scholarship to erase a waiting list for state scholarships for low-income students, improve career and vocational education programs, and make adjustments to the Schools of[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Arming teachers, superintendent hire, security poll and more

Arming teachers: A bill that would broaden the state’s 2018 armed guardian law and allow some teachers to carry guns in schools clears the Senate Education Committee in a 5-3 vote along party lines, with Republicans in the majority. Last year’s bill specifically prohibited the arming of teachers, but calls[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Scholarships, shooting report, 2018, 2019 and more

Scholarship funding: In a recent interview, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis says he wants to direct more funding toward the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. Ultimately, he said, he’d like the state to give families a stipend for their student’s education that they could use as they wish. Step Up For Students, which[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Graduation rate up, student enrollment down and more

Schools’ graduation rate up: Florida’s high school graduation rate hit a record high last spring at 86.1 percent, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. That’s 3.8 percentage points higher than the 2017 rate. Also impressive is the improvement made by minority students. Black students graduated[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Corcoran gets BOE approval, report cards and more

Corcoran appointed: Richard Corcoran, former speaker of the Florida House, is unanimously approved by the Florida Board of Education to replace Pam Stewart as education commissioner. Corcoran, who was recommended by Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, is a combative supporter of school choice, scholarship programs and charter schools and was widely opposed[Read More…]