Tag: Wayne Blanton

Florida schools roundup: Legislation, charter schools, testing and more

Special needs. Being the father of a child with “unique abilities” has motivated Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner’s push to create new educational and employment opportunities for people with special needs. Tallahassee Democrat. Legislation. Testing, school accountability and education funding will be high on the agenda when the Florida Legislature convenes[Read More…]

Florida charter schools, private schools consider enhanced security, too

In the wake of the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., traditional public schools aren’t the only ones having serious discussions about how to beef up safety. In Florida, charter schools and private schools are also making sure they’re maximizing protection for students, parents and staff. But as district officials[Read More…]

District-run charter schools? Hmm…

When Florida Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his education agenda last week, he threw out a potentially far-reaching idea: Allowing districts to open their own charter schools. The proposal could address a common complaint among traditional school districts – that federal and state bureaucracies prevent their schools from being as innovative[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Rick Scott’s education agenda, more charter school payout

Rick Scott’s education plans. The Orlando Sentinel leads with Scott’s proposal to issue state-funded debit cards to teachers so they no longer reach into their own pockets to pay for school supplies. More from WINK News, Fort Myers News Press, Palm Beach Post. The Florida Democratic Party had a negative[Read More…]

Rick Scott: ‘My accomplishments were only possible because of my education’

At an education summit in Fort Myers today, Florida Gov. Rick Scott officially unveiled his education agenda, which included some measures that could expand charter schools. “In business, choice and competition create excellence,” he said, according to his prepared remarks. “Increasing options in education will drive increased results for Florida students.”[Read More…]