Tag: school closings

Florida schools roundup: Tony Bennett, per-pupil funding, charter conversion & more

Tony Bennett. Interview with Alexander Russo. School choice. Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning is forming a high-level task force to examine expansion of district options, reports Gradebook. Miami-Dade is planning to expand its partnership with the academically rigorous Cambridge program from 20 programs in 16 schools to 100 programs in 86, reports[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Dual enrollment, school audits, Rick Scott & more

Teachers unions. The rise of Fedrick Ingram, new president of the the Miami-Dade teachers union. Miami Herald. Teacher conduct. Ocala Star Banner: “Teacher suspended for bonk with a banana.” Dual enrollment. A mandate that school districts pick up the tab for dual enrollment students is putting districts in a tough[Read More…]

Florida roundup: merit pay cheers, parent trigger stink, teacher evals & more

Parent trigger. Parent trigger is not worth the fuss, writes Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab: “We’re wasting time with political gamesmanship over a bill that both sides are making a bigger stink over than it’s worth.” Tony Bennett. New Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz accuses former super Tony Bennett, of wasteful spending[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, course choice, Common Core & more

Charter schools. Both sides postpone the sale of a former Pinellas middle school to a charter school operator that plans to serve black students in south St. Petersburg, reports Gradebook. A Miami charter school is looking for a new home because its landlord, the Archdiocese of Miami, abruptly ended its lease,[Read More…]

Florida roundup: parent trigger, charter schools, digital learning & more

Parent trigger. Parent trigger passes House 68-51, with seven Republicans voting no. Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press. Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette paints a nightmare scenario against the parent trigger in this Orlando Sentinel op-ed. Digital learning. The House passes a bill to expand access to online[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter school students, class size tradeoffs & more

Legislature. The Senate Education Committee looks like it’s done for the session, meaning bills like Sen. Jeff Brandes’ micro-credits idea are stranded and maybe dead. Gradebook. Charter schools. About 300 charter schools students lobby lawmakers for charter school funding, reports Naked Politics. Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, says he wants to remove[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, private schools, the Florida model & more

Charter schools. The Tampa Tribune suggests a compromise is in the works on bills dealing with charter schools funding, facilities and accountability. Senate education leaders want a broader discussion about a proposal to give charter schools dibs on unused school buildings, reports Gradebook. Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano lists support for[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Teacher conduct, school closings, superintendents & more

Charter schools. A split Bay County School Board gives an extension to a financially troubled charter school. Panama City News Herald. Class size amendment. The Sarasota district utilizes more mixed-grade classrooms this year in an effort to comply. Sarasota Herald Tribune. School closings. Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie announces the district[Read More…]