Virtual Education

Florida schools roundup: school grades, Common Core, Trayvon Martin & more

School grades. The Board of Education’s decision “reeks,” writes Beth Kassab. Sherman Dorn’s take (which includes a pitch for grading private schools with large numbers of voucher students). “Politically manipulated scam,” says Bob Schaeffer at FairTest. Diane Ravitch’s blog. School districts. Hillsborough, its superintendent MaryEllen Elia and its highly publicized teacher evaluation[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: early learning, online learning, STEM camps & more

Online learning. Broward College creates Broward College Online. South Florida Sun Sentinel. Flagler considers distributing thousands of laptops to high school students next year. Daytona Beach News Journal. Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, tells the News Service of Florida (subscription required) that it didn’t get traction on its top[Read More…]

Florida DOE: Don’t deter students from Florida Virtual School

After months of reports that some Florida public schools are limiting or denying students access to Florida Virtual School, the state’s chancellor of public schools is putting districts on notice. “School districts may not limit student access to courses offered through the FLVS,” Pam Stewart wrote in a recent memo[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, school grades, a Civil War general & more

Charter schools. Parents at the now-defunct Ben Gamla charter school tell Pinellas Superintendent Mike Grego that they’re unhappy with its closing. Gradebook. Gainesville’s oldest charter school goes to a year-round schedule. Gainesville Sun. A new charter in Hillsborough will serve high school students with disabilities. Tampa Tribune. Tax credit scholarships.[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: teacher evals, digital education, dual enrollment & more

Virtual schools. The Tampa Tribune writes up legislative changes to digital education. Charter schools. Several new charters in Jacksonville are moving into old buildings. Florida Times Union. Charter school enrollment in Pinellas is projected to climb 28 percent this fall. Tampa Bay Times (reprise of an earlier Gradebook blog post).[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Parent power, special needs students, atheists & more

Parent power. Gov. Rick Scott signs into law a bill that gives parents of disabled students more say over their kid’s education. Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press. Virtual schools. Scott also signs the digital learning bill into law. Florida Current. Charter schools. The Lakeland-based Achievement Academy, a charter for students with[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, magnet schools, science standards & more

Charter schools. A new charter opening in Broward this fall will offer blended learning. THE Journal. The Imagine in Pasco offers an expanded expansion request. Gradebook. Magnet schools. The Palm Beach district is speeding up its annual lottery process. Palm Beach Post. Single-gender schools. The Palm Beach district finds a new[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: charter schools, virtual schools, ALEC & more

Charter schools. The updated CREDO study isn’t as flattering about charter school performance in Florida. Gradebook, SchoolZone, StateImpact Florida. Virtual schools. Pasco sets up a summer program for its e-school so students don’t take Florida Virtual School classes – and cost the district money in the process. Tampa Bay Times.[Read More…]