Education

Politics
10:34 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Gov. Scott's Private Meeting With Jeb Bush Irks Parent Activists, Democrats

Credit StateImpact Florida

After failing to show up at the three-day education summit he convened in Clearwater this week, Gov. Rick Scott held a private meeting in Miami Thursday night to discuss the future of Florida’s schools.

The guest list: former Gov. Jeb Bush, state Sen. John Thrasher and state Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand.

The dinnertime meeting was cloaked in extraordinary secrecy. Scott’s schedule did not list a location other than “Miami, FL,” and his chief spokeswoman, Melissa Sellers, couldn’t provide any other details.

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Language
12:34 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Why Academics Need To Chill Out About 'Text Talk,' Srsly

Twerking, taking selfies while dealing with FOMO? A guide for grown-ups to understand what young people are talking about.

For a few years now, teachers and English purists have bemoaned the slow, painful death of language. It was bad enough when only rock music and television were the enemy.

Today it's smartphones. In fact, in a recent article a professor bemoans to The Telegraph that social media network Twitter is causing students’ writing skills to “go down the plug hole.”

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StateImpact Florida
11:23 am
Thu August 29, 2013

PARCC Multi-State Test Still An Option For Many At Education Summit

Florida's relationship with PARCC is still up in the air.

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 2:33 pm

Florida's relationship with PARCC is still up in the air.

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Americas
7:23 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Why The Alarm Is Going Off About Students Learning English As A Second Language

Full disclosure: My wife is a bilingual teacher and my children grew up speaking English and Spanish. But you don’t need those factors in your life to have a vested interest in how well the school program commonly known as ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages – is faring in this country, state and community.

Latinos are now the largest minority in the US. Florida’s population growth today is driven largely by Latinos. And Latinos make up almost two-thirds of Miami-Dade County’s residents.

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Schools
2:40 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

What's The Goal For Gov. Scott's Education Summit?

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 8:15 am

Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

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Schools
10:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Three-Day Education Summit Underway In Clearwater

Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho introduces himself at Gov. Rick Scott's education summit.

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 2:54 pm

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Schools
6:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Governor's Education Summit Opens In Clearwater

Credit Sarah Gonzalez/ StateImpact Florida

Educators, business leaders and advocates gathered Monday in Clearwater for a three-day education summit called by Gov. Rick Scott --- but the first day in some ways served to highlight differences between those involved in public schools as the system enters a critical period.

In an early example of the disagreements that could affect the meeting, Joanne McCall, vice president of the Florida Education Association, highlighted teacher concerns with the state's accountability system, now under siege from several sources.

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StateImpact Florida
9:59 am
Mon August 26, 2013

What To Watch At This Week's Education Summit

Gov. Rick Scott has called a three-day education summit in Clearwater, starting today. Will Scott stake out new positions on Common Core, testing, school grades or teacher evaluations?

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 8:15 am

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StateImpact Florida
7:20 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Feedback Loop: What Readers Think Of Common Core Standards

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:38 am

Readers tell us what they think of Common Core standards.

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StateImpact Florida
4:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Three Questions For Teachers About Common Core Standards, Part 3

Teresa Stillman teaches at Cannella Elementary in Hillsborough County.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:46 pm

Teresa Stillman teaches at Cannella Elementary in Hillsborough County.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

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StateImpact Florida
12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Three Questions For Teachers About Common Core Standards, Part 2

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:47 am

As we’ve attended summer training sessions for teachers on new Common Core State Standards, we’ve been asking teachers the same three questions.

Florida is one of 45 states to fully adopt the Common Core State Standards, which outline what students are expected to know in math and English at the end of each grade. Every grade in Florida is scheduled to use the standards beginning next school year.

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Schools
4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Summit To Map Florida's Education Direction

Credit StateImpact Florida

With Florida's public-school system facing major questions, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced plans for a summit next week that will bring together political, business and education leaders.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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StateImpact Florida
11:29 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Three Questions For Teachers About Common Core Standards, Part 1

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 12:10 pm

Yesterday we told you that we spent a lot of time at summer Common Core training sessions for teachers.

One of the things we were curious about is how teachers felt about the new education standards fully adopted by Florida and 44 other states.

We asked teachers the same three questions about Common Core as they prepared for next year’s deadline to use the standards in every Florida classroom.

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StateImpact Florida
8:18 am
Thu August 22, 2013

This Week In Education Polling

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 1:46 pm

The start of the school year in Florida and many parts of the country has meant a glut of new education polls asking about shared education standards, standardized testing, teacher evaluations and policies adopted by Florida and other states.

The most noteworthy poll is the annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of education issues. This is the 45th year of the poll. The poll sampled 1,001 adults and had a margin of error of 3.8 percent.

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Back To School
7:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Convergence Is Important To Improving Public Education

Americans with a bachelor’s degree are more likely to marry, stay married and have a two-parent household.

For decades now, public education has been in “crisis.”  And since the founding of the U.S. Department of Education, we’ve searched for ways to promote student achievement and prepare for global competitiveness.

There is little question as to why. As the workforce becomes more educated, and increasingly globalized, an educated workforce becomes increasingly important. And study after study proves that educational attainment leads to economic mobility.

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