Education

Charter School Evaluations
11:51 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Florida Senate President Says Teachers Shouldn't Expect An Even Playing Field

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:43 pm

Supporters say the charter school bill that has a good chance of passing Florida’s Republican controlled Legislature this year will better regulate charters and expand choices for parents.

One thing the bill won’t do is require the same evaluations for charter school teachers as traditional public school teachers.

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Live Chat on Tuesday, 4pm
7:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Live Chat On Florida Education: What Will Happen In Session 2013?

February 19 At 4pm

StateImpact Florida and WLRN are holding an online education chat in advance of our WLRN-Miami Herald News Town Hall, where you'll get the chance to ask lawmakers about their education priorities this legislative session. 

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StateImpact Florida
5:37 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Florida Legislative Leaders Say This Is The Year For The Parent Trigger Bill

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:02 pm

The parent trigger bill is back, and House Speaker Will Weatherford thinks it has a good chance of passing this year.

He even tweeted about it shortly after the bill was filed.

“It’s great public policy. It empowers families. It empowers parents, gives them the choices that they need,” Weatherford told StateImpact Florida. “It engages them in the education of their children.”

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Education
4:18 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

StateImpact Florida: Putting Education Reform To The Test

StateImpact Florida puts education reform to the test.
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StateImpact Florida journalists John O'Connor and Sarah Gonzalez travel the state to report on how education issues affect you.

Recent topics on StateImpact Florida include:

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Community Contributor
7:54 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Plane Crash Survivor Heads For One Of The World's Most Dangerous Airports

Xoaquima Diaz braved a flight to Tegucigalpa, even after a previous plane crash.

  This past Christmas I flew to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to visit my family. The last time I had been to Tegucigalpa was in 2002, so I boarded the plane with conflicting emotions -- excitement about seeing my family and fear about the flight.

In 2004, I survived a plane crash. For years I could not board a plane without first taking a handful of Xanax and then disassociating. After years of working with a therapist who specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I have arrived at the point where I can fly without the aid of chemicals or mind-body trickery.

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Zero Tolerance
6:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

School Policies Send Students To Jail

Florida school systems have eased up on the "zero tolerance" behavior policies that sent so many students to jail for minor misconduct.

But vestiges of the old policies are still sending thousand of students to jail for conduct that once would have meant nothing more than a trip to the principal's office.

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Fight For Civility In A Facebook Generation Begins With A Salutation

The Earl of Grantham will not be signing his letters

 

The other day I got an e-mail that was signed “Brgrds.” Brgrds?? What does that mean? Oh. Right. “Best Regards.” So, why on earth the author didn't just take the extra three (?) seconds and five key strokes to actually write the words “Best Regards,” I have no idea, but it was a big “aha!” moment for me. 

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College Tuition
9:30 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Scott Wants No-Hike Tuition Guarantee For Students Who Can 'Finish In Four'

NO TIME TO LOSE: Graduating on time would be the key to a four-year tuition freeze under Gov. Rick Scott's plan.
Credit University of West Georgia

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott's push to keep tuition low includes a new twist: tuition should be the same when students graduate as when they start.

Scott has offered legislation that would hold tuition steady for four years for students entering a state university this fall or afterward. The proposal is in the package he's sending to the Legislature.

And it sticks closely to something that Scott has pounded on for months: his belief that an era of nearly-annual tuition increases needs to end.

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Teacher Salaries
10:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Democrats Seek $10,000 Raise For Teachers

HOW MUCH OF A RAISE? Gov. Scott wants an immediate $2,500 for every Florida teacher. Democrats want state teacher pay linked to national averages for even bigger raises.
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Florida voters may be asked to raise the salary of a rookie teacher by $10,000 starting two years from now. If they approve, the pay increase would be part of a constitutional amendment that ties Florida teacher pay scales at all career levels to national averages.

The average Florida teacher salary now is $46,000, about $10,000 less than the national average.

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Higher Education Costs
3:58 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Eleven More Colleges Sign On To Gov. Scott's $10K Degree Challenge

Governor Rick Scott first challenged Florida colleges to create $10K degree programs in November.
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Governor Rick Scott was at Miami-Dade College's North campus today to announce that eleven more state colleges have accepted his challenge to create bachelor’s degree programs costing $10,000 or less.

That means all 23 Florida state colleges offering four-year degrees have signed on. 

Broward College is developing a bachelor's degree program in teacher education and business. President David Armstrong told the News Service of Florida that the goal is to open doors for more students.

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Technology In Schools
8:55 am
Mon January 28, 2013

As Education Technology Deadline Nears, A Florida Teacher Lets iPhones Invade Her Classroom

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 6:00 am

FETC, one of the nation’s largest education technology conferences, opens in Orlando this week. StateImpact Florida will take a look at how state schools are trying to meet requirements to integrate more technology in lessons.

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When 12th grade English teacher Mariolga Locklin’s students started thinking Shakespeare was nothing but an old fogey, she told them to pull out their phones and pull up Google.

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Education Budget
7:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Scott Preparing To Offer Teacher Pay Raises

MONEY FOR SCHOOLS: Gov. Scott, shown here meeting teachers in Orlando, is already planning another education budget increase for this year. Now, he says, teachers should get a pay raise, too.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott will unveil a proposal for an across-the-board teacher pay increase today, a spokeswoman for the governor confirms.

Scott is to formally announce his proposal at an event at an Orlando-area school, Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz told the News Service of Florida, though she said his office won't disclose details until then.

The proposal was being met a day ahead with cautious optimism by public education stakeholders who said the governor's education push dovetails neatly with his mantra of economic development and job growth.

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Teachers
8:10 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Florida Teachers Sue To Toss Performance Pay As An Intrusion On Bargaining Rights

TOUGH CASE: Judge John Cooper tells teachers he doesn't know how he'll rule in their suit against performance pay.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Lawyers for a group of teachers asked a Leon County judge on Wednesday to throw out a nearly two-year-old state law aimed at tying teacher's pay and evaluations more closely to student performance.

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StateImpact Florida
2:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Report Says Florida A National Leader In Charter School Growth — Another Says It’s Not Fast Enough

Volunteers build a playground at a charter school in Tampa.
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The number of charter schools operating in the United States has surpassed 6,000 for the first time, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Charters are now serving a record 2.3 million students based on estimates from the current school year. But a pro-choice non-profit says Florida school districts are preventing more charters from opening.

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StateImpact Florida
7:01 am
Mon January 14, 2013

New CPALMS Website For Teachers Makes Common Core Lesson Plans A Snap

JUST CLICK: The CPALMS website is a handy resource for teachers developing Common Core lesson plans.
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As states start phasing in Common Core standards in public school classrooms, no Common Core textbooks have been written yet, and new assessments are still being developed.

So, teachers are creating their own lesson plans as they begin to implement the standards.

They’re not doing it alone.

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