Tag: teacher evaluations

Florida schools roundup: Charters, private schools, special needs & more

Charter schools: Pinellas County’s University Prep organizes a local board and moves forward in the search for a new principal. Tampa Bay Times. A proposal for a charter school on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa still awaits a recommendation from Hillsborough district staff. Tampa Bay Times.   Private schools: Florida Air Academy[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Teacher evals, charters, audits & more

Teacher evaluations: Nearly every teacher in Broward and Palm Beach counties earns top marks last school year. Sun Sentinel. A majority of Brevard teachers earned the highest possible rating. Florida Today. The First Coast has more than 4,000 highly effective public school teachers. Florida Times-Union. 97.9 percent of teachers evaluated statewide are rated effective[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Homeschooling, charters, private schools & more

Homeschooling: A Florida woman who has been homeschooling her children is ordered by a judge to put them in public school after a guardian ad litem says she believes they would benefit from the socialization. Tampa Bay Times. Charter schools: A Palm Beach County senator wants to narrow the mission of[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Magnet schools, charters, teacher evals & more

Magnet schools: Seminole Ridge High School Construction Academy students build a modular home for Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County – turning in their assignment five months ahead of schedule. Palm Beach Post. Charter schools: The Pinellas County School Board votes unanimously to approve an application for the district’s first Montessori charter school,[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Charters, private schools, dual enrollment & more

Charter schools: Pinellas County could get its first Montessori charter school next school year. Tampa Bay Times. Collier County School Board members vote to close an Immokalee County charter school, iGeneration Empowerment Academy. Naples Daily News. Ten teachers quit their jobs at a Broward County charter, saying they weren’t paid for the first few[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: New charters, Common Core, social media & more

Charter schools: Central Florida will see 14 new charter schools next year focusing on a range of themes from Montessori to military to science and technology. Orlando Sentinel. Ben Gamla Charter Schools take in more than $10 million in public funding. Miami Herald. A Lakeland charter school hosts free workshops to help[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Homeschoolers, private schools, charters & more

Charter schools: Too many charters are failing, pointing to an urgent need for more budget oversight by the state, writes the Sun Sentinel. More students are enrolling in Pinellas County’s charter schools, leaving some school board members to worry it’s at the detriment of public schools. The Tampa Tribune. St. Petersburg’s struggling University Prep needs[Read More…]

Gov. Scott’s ed summit was “democracy at its finest”

I was honored to attend the recent state education summit called by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The governor invited a diverse group of elected officials, political activists, educators and parents to spend two and a half days discussing how best to implement the Common Core State Standards, a state assessment[Read More…]