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Education
11:02 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Q&A: Teacher's Union Chief Questions Pace Of Transition To New Standards

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:34 pm

Florida is working toward full implementation of Common Core State Standards by the 2014-15 school year.

The standards set benchmarks for each grade level. And instead of learning a little bit about a lot of things, students will be expected to absorb a lot of information about fewer subjects.

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says Florida’s transition to Common Core is on schedule.

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Education
4:21 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

New Lawsuit Claims Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unconstitutional

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 1:11 pm

The Florida Education Association and National Education Association filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s teacher evaluation system.

The system was created under a law passed in 2011 known as Senate Bill 736.

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Common Core
5:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Florida Board Of Education To Meet; Common Core, Teacher Pay Top Agenda

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 2:37 pm

Will Florida need a ‘Plan B’ test for new standards set to hit state schools in 2014? And if not, will school have the computers and bandwidth necessary for the online tests?

That’s just one item on tomorrow’s State Board of Education agenda.

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Common Core
4:04 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

The Resignation Letter That Has Common Core Critics Talking

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:00 am

As the spring semester winds down around the country, one teacher, Gerald Conti, is not going quietly.

Conti is retiring from Westhill High School in Syracuse, NY at the end of this school year and his resignation letter has become a manifesto for critics of the Common Core.

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Common Core
4:28 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Website Tracks School Progress On Implementing New Education Standards

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:58 am

The State Board of Education will get an update next week on Florida’s next education standards, the Common Core State Standards.

The meeting will include information about the technology needed to implement the new assessments that are scheduled to begin in early 2015.

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Education
3:10 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Plans For Implementing Common Core Standards In Florida Coming Next Week

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 1:16 pm

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says he will have more information next week about plans for implementing new education standards known as Common Core.

The State Board of Education is meeting next week.

“We have rolled out a very aggressive implementation plan,” Bennett said. “We know that we have to be fully implemented and prepared to teach and assess these standards in 2014-15.”

Florida and 45 other states are transitioning to Common Core.

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Education
4:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Patricia Levesque Is A Powerful Force Behind School Choice In Florida

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:10 am

Patricia Levesque runs two foundations created by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — the Foundation for Florida’s Future and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

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Education
9:54 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Parents Seek To Unite Florida's Education Activists

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 7:56 am

A loose-knit network of education activists generally opposed to the direction Florida has been taking its schools recently is attempting to organize into a more potent political force.

The groups include parents, people who want more state funding for schools, and others who are fed up with the brand of testing-based school accountability that Florida has become famous for. Under the umbrella of the Alliance for Public Schools, they are hoping to bolster their fundraising capacity and step up their efforts to influence legislation at the statehouse.

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Education
12:35 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

More Than Half of Black and Hispanic Students Will No Longer Qualify For Bright Futures Scholarships

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 1:08 pm

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Education
9:44 am
Mon April 1, 2013

New State Budget Would Boost Spending on Education, Teacher Pay

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:36 pm

The Florida House has released its proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Speaker Will Weatherford says education was prioritized over everything else.

“The big winner is education,” Weatherford said. “We invested over a billion dollars into our K-12 education system from last year.”

He said that amounts to a 6.2 percent increase in overall education funding.

Weatherford said they created “a silo of funds” to be funneled down to the districts, including up to $676 million available for teacher pay.

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Education, Health Care
12:16 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Business Group Says Health Care Expansion Threatens Education Funding

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 10:25 am

A business advocacy group is running television ads that say Florida might have to cut education funding if the state expands Medicaid health coverage.

The National Federation of Independent Business has also set up a website — FloridaCanDoBetter.com.

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Parent Trigger
4:41 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Parent Trigger Supporters Try To Debunk 'Misconceptions' About The Bill

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 2:17 pm

Supporters of the parent trigger bill held a briefing with reporters today near the Capitol.

The briefing was hosted by Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. The foundation was created by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

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Teacher Evaluations
8:41 am
Wed March 13, 2013

How Florida's Senate President Would Change Teacher Evaluations

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 5:02 pm

Florida’s Senate President says the state’s teacher evaluation system is confusing and should be reworked so teacher ratings more closely match those of the schools they work in.

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Testing In Schools
7:11 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Florida Students Will Spend At Least Eight Hours A Year Taking New Standardized Test

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:39 am

Third grade students will spend at least eight hours a year taking Florida’s next standardized test, with high school juniors will spend nearly 10 hours to complete the new online standardized test.

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Education Funding
8:10 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Three Questions About Sequestration And Federal Budget Cuts For Head Start In Florida

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 3:04 pm

March 1 is the deadline for Congress to strike a budget deal or a series of automatic spending cuts totaling $1.2 trillion over a decade takes effect.

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