Tag: President Obama

Florida schools roundup: Testing troubles, grades, school police and more

Testing troubles: Bandwidth has been expanded, security upgraded and testing software improved. But, experts warn, there’s no way to guarantee trouble-free computerized testing when the Florida Standards Assessments writing tests begin Feb. 29. Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Tribune. Testing dispute: State business leaders are avoiding direct criticism of Gov. Rick Scott over the state Department[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Suicide prevention, grades, No Child and more

Suicide prevention: Two Lee County legislators say they will file bills requiring a two-hour suicide prevention course be added to continuing education requirements for all Florida teachers. Florida Politics. Sunshine State News. Grades dispute: After the state Department of Education released projected school grades, Brevard School Superintendent Desmond K. Blackburn makes this statement[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: School testing and grades, No Child and more

School testing, grades: A Department of Education simulation projecting school grades indicates that despite fears more schools would fail because of the new Florida Standards Assessment tests, little would change in the distribution of grades. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is lobbying for her version of passing score standards. Superintendents support Stewart’s proposal,[Read More…]

President Obama is wrong about school vouchers in D.C.

In a recent television interview with Bill O’Reily, President Obama discussed the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program and stated the private school vouchers “didn’t actually make that much of a difference” and have not “significantly improved the performance of kids in these poorest communities.” President Obama seems to be relying on[Read More…]