Virtual Education

Towards a united front on school choice

Vouchers, here. Charters, there. Virtual, over there. Politically, school choice sectors have been islands. But there are signs the movement is building bridges to advance common goals. Florida’s lead here surfaced at this week’s American Federation for Children summit, during a panel discussion on just that topic. In the Sunshine[Read More…]

Teacher finds freedom, fresh perspective in virtual school

When Carlene Meloy answers her front door on a recent weekday afternoon, she looks like any other stay-at-home mom in blue jeans and a T-shirt. Husband Chris is away at work. In a few hours, their two kids will be home from school. Until then, a barefoot Meloy juggles laundry[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Dual enrollment, school audits, Rick Scott & more

Teachers unions. The rise of Fedrick Ingram, new president of the the Miami-Dade teachers union. Miami Herald. Teacher conduct. Ocala Star Banner: “Teacher suspended for bonk with a banana.” Dual enrollment. A mandate that school districts pick up the tab for dual enrollment students is putting districts in a tough[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Kiera Wilmot, online classes, school choice & more

Kiera Wilmot. Prosecutors won’t file criminal charges against Kiera Wilmot, the Polk County student who has become a cause celebre after igniting a small chemical explosion on school grounds, reports the Lakeland Ledger. Beth Kassab says the arrest took things way too far. In the aftermath, neighboring Orange will get[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Charlie Crist, FLVS, accountability gaming & more

Charter schools. Excel Leadership Academy in West Palm Beach makes its case to stay open before an administrative law judge, reports Extra Credit. The Daytona Beach News Journal looks at a struggling charter in Flagler. Virtual schools. The Palm Beach Post looks at the potential financial hit to Florida Virtual School[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: virtual schools, teacher conduct, tutors & more

Virtual schools. Lawmakers open online learning to more providers, including private interests, reports the Miami Herald. StateImpact Florida and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting obtain internal emails and a recording of a K12 Inc. company meeting that they say shed light on questionable company practices involving teachers who are not properly certified. Struggling[Read More…]