Tag: parent power

Florida remains no. 2 for parent power

When groups rank states based on a range of education reforms — school choice, charter schools, teacher quality, transparency, digital learning — it’s not surprising Florida lands near the top. But Indiana continues to eke its way into the no. 1 spot in the Center for Education Reform’s “Parent Power Index,” despite an ongoing political struggle[Read More…]

School choice restores parental responsibility

The American school system was, from its inception, a product of intolerance for human difference. Grounded in 19th Century religious and cultural prejudice, it was artfully designed to assure no government resource would end up supporting the teaching of religious or cultural notions that were uncongenial to the Protestant majority.[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Parent power, special needs students, atheists & more

Parent power. Gov. Rick Scott signs into law a bill that gives parents of disabled students more say over their kid’s education. Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press. Virtual schools. Scott also signs the digital learning bill into law. Florida Current. Charter schools. The Lakeland-based Achievement Academy, a charter for students with[Read More…]

Florida roundup: parent power, Common Core, Rick Scott & more

Parent power. Florida gets high marks from the Center for Education Reform. Jacksonville Business Journal. Common Core. Andy Ford’s take on Common Core. StateImpact Florida. Teacher evaluations. Don’t shield the data from public scrutiny. Florida Times Union. Rick Scott. Talks with superintendents about teacher pay, teacher evals, Common Core –[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, parent power, Will Weatherford & more

Charter schools. Tampa Bay Times: “Stop the giveaway to charter schools.” A charter school company is interesting in buying property at one of more of the three schools that the school board recently voted to shut down next year, reports Florida Today. Will Weatherford. StateImpact Florida talks to him about[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Test costs, parent protests, the “Florida Formula” & more

Standardized test costs. They total about $1.7 billion a year nationwide, according to a new report from Brookings that includes state-by-state figures. Not much, concludes researcher Matt Chingos, who adds “perhaps we’re spending less than we should.” Coverage from Education Week and Huffington Post. Former Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson tells the[Read More…]