Tag: virtual education

Adam Putnam: ‘If we lose the parents, we’ve lost the battle’

Editor’s note: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was a late arrival and one of the last speakers at Wednesday’s education summit on Common Core in Orlando. But he delivered some of the most memorable lines, stressing better communication with parents about education reform and school choice. Here’s a transcript of[Read More…]

Tony Bennett praises Florida school districts for expanding school choice

Florida’s new education commissioner is known for his zealous support of charter schools and vouchers and other learning options that some critics see as anti-public school. But on Tuesday afternoon, Tony Bennett sat next to Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia inside a Tampa magnet school for boys, and[Read More…]

A superintendent’s legitimate concerns about charter schools & district flexibility

To appreciate the significance of what Nikolai Vitti is saying about parental choice, one must first read his resume. He’s a 36-year-old with a Harvard education doctorate who served as chief academic officer to nationally recognized Miami-Dade school superintendent Alberto Carvalho before being chosen in the fall to run the[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Charter school closing, school choice battle, pushback & more

School choice battle. The Palm Beach Post sees one unfolding in the coming legislative session. Charter school closing. Global Outreach Academy, citing financial problems, tells Flagler school district officials on New Year’s Day that it’s shutting down immediately, reports FlaglerLive.com. Another charter school closes mid-year in Lee County, reports the Fort[Read More…]

New Florida House speaker says school ‘choice’ subcommittee is about the educational future

A new Florida House subcommittee devoted to all things school choice does not necessarily signal major reforms in the upcoming legislative session, says incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford. The point, rather, is to keep choice in the debate. “I think choice has always been in the conversation,’’ Weatherford, who is scheduled to be voted in[Read More…]