Virtual Education

Florida roundup: charter schools, ed schools, digital devices & more

Charter schools. A circuit judge denies a Pasco charter school’s expansion plan. Tampa Bay Times. Virtual schools. A Fort Myers charter tells parents, wrongly, that they must pay $425 if their kids fail to complete Florida Virtual School classes. Associated Press. Class size amendment. Students down, teachers up. Intercepts. Ed schools. Florida State College[Read More…]

New advocacy group to focus on helping Jewish day schools thrive

Finances were always a struggle for the Hebrew Academy of Tampa Bay, a small Jewish day school in Florida. But when the economy tanked a few years ago, the struggle turned into a fight for survival. “We had to go out and find those dollars,’’ said Sulha Dubrowski, the school’s[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Common Core, summer camps, digital classrooms & more

Common Core: Sen. John Legg tries to clear up confusion about the Common Core State Standards. Tampa Tribune. Stepping down: An elementary school principal makes good on his threat to retire following an ethics complaint against a Palm Beach County school board member whose children attended the school. Palm Beach Post.[Read More…]

Gary Beckner: Teachers need a professional association, not a union

Editor’s note: This is the third of four guest posts on the future of teachers unions. by Gary Beckner We are at a critical crossroads on the path to education reform in America. Stakeholders from all walks of life and political stripes are beginning to understand that in order to compete[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Gifted students, cyberbullying, teacher pay cuts & more

Tax hike: Seminole County schools Superintendent Walt Griffin says his district needs another 1-mill tax on county property to pay for a slew of school improvements. Orlando Sentinel. Digital divide: Over the next few years, computers will play an even bigger role in public education. StateImpact Florida. Summer lunch: And breakfast at[Read More…]

Clay County superintendent gets private school student into JROTC

Clay County public schools superintendent Charlie Van Zant has given the green light for 15-year-old private school student Kevin Gines to attend the district’s Junior ROTC program. “This isn’t that hard,’’ said Van Zant, who was able to quickly resolve an issue over whether Gines was eligible. “We’re not going to keep a kid out of[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, virtual schools, Common Core & more

Charter schools. Parents at Rowlett Elementary, a magnet in Manatee, say their calculations show a charter school conversion will bring in more money for fine arts programs. Sarasota Herald Tribune. Virtual schools. Florida Virtual School holds its first ever graduation for full-time students, reports the Seminole Chronicle. Lee County’s virtual school, the Lee[Read More…]