Tag: Rick Scott and school choice

Florida roundup: Education rankings, teacher evaluations, National School Choice Week & more

It’s National School Choice Week. SchoolZone and StateImpact Florida. Grade inflation? The Palm Beach Post writes there is less to Florida’s No. 6 ranking in the latest Education Week Quality Counts report than education reform supporters suggest, and encourages teachers and politicians “to dig into the details.” Teacher evals. Despite concerns raised[Read More…]

Gov. Rick Scott: parental school choice “makes everybody better”

It’s not news that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is a strong supporter of parental school choice. But some of his comments Wednesday night in Tampa are still noteworthy. Scott was the keynote speaker at the annual donor appreciation dinner for the state’s tax credit scholarship program, which now serves more[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Rick Scott’s education plans, a plug for school grades & more

Rick Scott’s ed plans. Charter school expansion is a plank in Gov. Scott’s education plan for the next legislative session, but this exclusive Tampa Bay Times story on it doesn’t offer much detail. Here’s the main part that touches on school choice: The plan includes “lifting enrollment caps on charter[Read More…]

Democrat joins Republican Gov. Rick Scott at charter school visit

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s visit to a new charter school yesterday was not only noteworthy because it reaffirmed his commitment to parental school choice, but because of who was by his side: former state Sen. Al Lawson, a Tallahassee Democrat now running for Congress. “Throughout my 28 years in the[Read More…]

Rick Scott on school choice, funding

Capping his week-long education “listening tour,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott had dinner last night with Florida Education Association President Andy Ford and other teachers union officials. Tucked into this Palm Beach Post blog post about the first-ever get-together was this quote from Scott: “I believe parents ought to have choice, I believe that’s[Read More…]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: ‘We cannot declare war on teachers’

As part of his education “listening tour”  this week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott outlined his guiding principles on education in a letter yesterday to Steven Halverson, chairman of the influential Florida Council of 100. Especially coming after Scott’s recent comments about “teaching to the test,” the letter includes some interesting language[Read More…]