A strong majority of Americans surveyed want teachers to have at least one year's practice time in the classroom and pass a board certification before teaching, according to a new national poll.
The Phi Delta Kappa professional teacher's organization and Gallup released a second batch of their annual survey data Tuesday. The poll surveyed 1,001 adults by phone and has a margin of error of 4.6 percent.
Jake Seiler had to put his plans to attend the University of South Florida on hold for a year to earn an associate's degree at Palm Beach State College because he didn't qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship. His dad, Paul, calls changes to Bright Futures an "injustice."
Most new Palm Beach State College students were going through orientation earlier this month, but Jake Seiler was wrapping up his first three courses.
Despite earning the highest SAT scores of his two siblings -- 1100, on six attempts -- Seiler didn't score high enough this year to earn the Bright Futures Florida Medallion scholarship his older sister got last year.
The Urban League of Miami and the local NAACP want the Miami-Dade school district to stop work on a $1.2 billion bond project to renovate schools and upgrade their technology.
The groups believe black-owned businesses aren’t getting a fair chance at school construction projects.
A district review of contracts -- a legal requirement if the district wants to allocate contracts based on race or gender -- re-ignited the long-simmering dispute. The district review found black-owned businesses received a disproportionately larger share of district subcontracts.
University of Miami president Donna Shalala says she’s stepping down next year from the job she’s held since 2001.
Shalala came to the university after leading the federal health agency for eight years and serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She helped build the national stature of the school's medical school and hospital and increased research budgets.
Frank Nero, former head of the Beacon Council, says even big businessmen were impressed by Shalala .
At a Spanish restaurant in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, one of the most powerful women in education, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, pumps up union members by telling them where her career started – the cafeteria.
Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Florida leaders should rethink the scope and purpose of education testing, and give schools more time to prepare for new math and language arts standards.
The Lee County school board has reversed its decision to reject state tests, after board member Mary Fischer changed her mind. Last week the board became the first in Florida to refuse to offer state tests to its students on a 3-2 vote.
Educators say after 12 years of implementing standardized tests nationwide those assessments are proving impediments to teachers. If they don't get the reforms they’re demanding they say the president should oust his secretary of education, Arne Duncan.
South Florida Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings understands the anger directed towards Washington bureaucrats who, he says, play a limited role in what happens in Florida schools.
South Florida school boards remain unchanged after Tuesday's election, with incumbents winning in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
That includes Ann Murray, whose use of a racial epithet in 2007 was an issue as she sought reelection to Broward County's school board. Murray narrowly defeated Felicia Mychele Brunson. Four other incumbents won reelection as well.
I finally know my worth as a teacher—and now that the “value-added model” scores mandated by our state legislature are public, everyone else knows, too.
I’m a 37.5.
But, I have no idea what that number means.
Along with my 37.5, I was told I’m “highly effective” and given a $230 bonus. In case you’re wondering, that’s about half what the average teacher spends of his or her own money on school supplies per year.
Pablo Ortiz with the Miami-Dade education transformation office says district schools are improving and they are working to make sure the least-experienced teachers aren't concentrated in the district's high-poverty schools.