Tag: special needs students

Bipartisan support for FL school choice plan aimed at special-needs students

A new type of school choice program aimed at serving special-needs students in Florida won bipartisan support during its first legislative committee vote Tuesday. Several Democrats on the House Choice & Innovation Committee joined Republicans in voting 11-2 for “personal learning accounts,” a school choice option that would allow parents with disabled[Read More…]

More school choice, better teacher quality

Editor’s note: John Merrifield is an economics professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio whose primary academic interest is school system reform studies. He’s also editor of the Journal of School Choice, initiator of the annual School Choice and Reform International Academic Conference, and author of the critically acclaimed “The School[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Common Core, teachers, Manatee school district & more

Teachers. Either masochists or saints. StateImpact Florida. Teacher conduct. The Gilchrist County teacher  of the  year is put on leave following allegations of inappropriate conduct with female students. Gainesville Sun. Teacher pay. The chair of the Marion County School Board says 160 first-year teachers will be spared their jobs if[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Diploma options, magnet schools, students with disabilities & more

Graduation requirements. Gov. Rick Scott signs into law the bill that creates additional diploma options that emphasize career education. Coverage from Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press, News Service of Florida, Northwest Florida Daily News, Tallahassee Democrat, Sarasota Herald Tribune, StateImpact Florida, WFSU. Magnet schools. Parents are pushing the Palm Beach County school district[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, 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: Teacher pay, parent trigger, magnet school buses & more

Charter schools. A charter school and the Pasco school district disagree about whether the school can increase its enrollment this fall. Tampa Bay Times. Teacher pay. Republican lawmakers are moving ahead with a merit-pay alternative to Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal for an across-the-board teacher pay raise, reports the Tampa Bay Times. More[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Charter school bill, state colleges, student retention & more

Charter schools. The Senate Education Committee moves closer to agreement on additional charter schools accountability measures, but a divide lingers over facilities funding, reports The Buzz, which includes this quote from Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee: “The time for finger pointing between charter schools and regular public schools is over. We have to[Read More…]