Tag: school zoning

School zoning laws don’t make much sense anymore

Public schools historically have been defined by their location. Whether one’s home is in a “good school district” matters. But the last few years have raised important questions about whether tying children to a particular building is wise policy. Zoning laws may have made some sense decades ago, but today,[Read More…]

Joe Trippi: It’s time to put all school choice options on the table

Some people grow up on the wrong side of the tracks. Joe Trippi, the legendary Democratic consultant, grew up on the wrong side of the school zone. On one side of the arbitrary, invisible line that ran down his street in L.A.: safe schools, high school grads, kids who went[Read More…]

Florida roundup: School grades, charter schools, Space of Mind & more

Charter schools. What happened to the Ben Gamla charter school in Pinellas is a “study in bad charter school governance.” Choice Words. Parents try to figure out what to do now that a struggling charter school in Deland is closing. Daytona Beach News Journal. Ditto for the parents of a[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: charter schools, virtual schools, diploma paths & more

Virtual schools. In an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, politely suggests to the Florida Legislature that cutting funding for Florida Virtual School is a bad idea. Charter schools. Many charter schools struggle under the state’s funding system to spend enough in the classroom, reports the Daytona Beach[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Jeb Bush, teacher conduct, school technology & more

Charter schools. The Pinellas school district could lose $6 million next year if the school board approves a new charter school and the proposed expansion of several others. Gradebook. Jeb Bush. Digital learning, Common Core and empowering the parents of students with disabilities top the legislative agenda for Jeb Bush’s[Read More…]

Florida roundup: School choice rally, parent trigger, teacher evaluations & more

School choice rally: More than 1,000 turn out in Tallahassee from magnet, charter, voucher, virtual and other school choice sectors (redefinED). Charter schools. The Broward school district’s former construction chief, forced to resign, now works for Charter Schools USA. Miami Herald. School rezoning. Boynton Beach version. South Florida Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post. Teacher[Read More…]