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8:01 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Legislature Rushes To Get Testing Overhaul In Place

Florida Standards Assessment

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 5:05 pm

Students could see an immediate change in the number of tests they take under plans moving fast in the legislature. The move is a response to widespread criticism of the state’s new standardized testing infrastructure, and comes as districts continue reporting problems with the new exams.

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7:59 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Proposed August 10 School Start Time Could Cut Into Summer Vacation

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:55 pm

The 2015-2016 school year could begin as early as August 10. That means families could have to cut vacations short. State law prohibits schools from starting earlier than Labor Day, but the holiday falls in the second week of September, making districts antsy.

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Education
4:27 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Two State Senators Call on Gov. to Suspend School Testing

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Several school districts on Tuesday continued to suspend Florida's new standardized tests for a second day, despite assurances that the problems had been fixed.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart early in the morning asked districts to resume using the online portal that middle school and high school students must use in order to log on and take the state's annual standardized tests. Testing had been suspended a day earlier because of technological problems.

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

'Simplicity Parenting' Author To Speak in Clearwater

Author Kim John Payne

Best-selling author Kim John Payne is hoping the community will embrace his ideas about parenting.  

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Education
5:17 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Widespread Problems Reported as School Tests Begin

School districts around the state report students had trouble logging in or experienced slow loading time with Florida's new online writing exam
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Students across Florida reportedly had problems Monday logging on to the state's new online-testing platform, raising questions about the testing system as lawmakers consider an overhaul.

Education groups and media reports said students had problems taking the new Florida Standards Assessments in a variety of districts, including populous counties like Hillsborough, Miami-Dade and Orange. Some schools or districts had decided to suspend testing.

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Education
9:16 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Ready Or Not, Students, New Florida Exam Is Here

The new Florida Standards Assessments begin today. Most students will take the exam online, though some students will take a paper and pencil version of the writing exam
Credit Extra Ketchup / Flickr

At Miami’s iPrep Academy, getting ready for the state’s new standardized test includes rapping.

Two students are recording the daily announcements, telling classmates when and where they need to be starting today.

“Monday is ninth graders, with last name A to G,” one student raps, in a rhyme that’s no threat to Miami’s Rick Ross.

“On Tuesday, it’s ninth graders with last name H through Z,” his partner continues.

“All testing is in room 2 – 0 – 4!” they conclude together, Beastie Boys-style.

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Education
12:04 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Adjunct Faculty Demand More Pay, Security

Eric Webb-Fiske asks students to sign a petition, calling for better wages and more security for adjunct faculty.
Credit Daylina Miller / WUSF News

On Wednesday, Eric Webb-Fiske canceled two classes to participate in National Adjunct Walkout Day.

Webb-Fiske, an adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College and a graduate assistant at USF, stood in front of USF's Marshall Student Center, trying to get students to sign a petition that calls for better pay and more security for adjunct faculty. 

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Education
12:36 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Gov. Scott Issues Order to Shelve Test

Days before testing was scheduled to begin, Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Tuesday suspending the administration of an 11th-grade language arts test that Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has asked the Legislature to eliminate.

The move was expected; Stewart had recommended last week that Scott suspend the exam so that lawmakers can consider legislation to permanently scrap it. Critics of the test say it's redundant because students' graduation requirements in language arts are fulfilled by an assessment given in the 10th grade.

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Education
12:19 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Private Middle School Preparing Low-Income Students for Brighter Future

AcademyPrep.org

Everyone wants to improve the quality of education in America.

But there are no silver bullets to accomplish that.

Parental involvement, a more challenging curriculum and a longer school year are just some of the ideas regularly suggested for low graduation rates.

But in Midtown St. Petersburg, in one of the poorest and most educationally challenged areas of Pinellas County, a small, little known middle school is getting results that are raising some eyebrows.

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Education
9:58 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Scott Freezes 11th Grade Test As Lawmakers Consider Removal Of Others

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 6:43 pm

Governor Rick Scott has issued an executive order suspending at least one of the state-mandated exams students have to take, and that’s just the start of Florida’s efforts to dial back its testing requirements amid public discontent.

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Education
11:51 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Why Elementary Math Lessons Are Changing In Florida Schools

Frances S. Tucker fifth grade math teacher Yaliesperanza Salazar leads her class through an exercise to group data on a line graph.

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 8:10 am

At dinner tables across Florida, parents and their elementary school children are trying to solve a math problem: What’s going on with my kid’s homework?

Florida is one of dozens of states that has switched to new math standards based on Common Core. The standards outline what students should know in every grade.

Experts say it means big changes to how math is taught. More focus on understanding concepts and solving problems multiple ways. Less memorization of formulas and grinding out worksheets full of similar problems.

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Education
10:13 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Final Showdown? Constitutional Challenge To Tax Scholarship Program Begins

FEA Attorney Ron Myer (right) stands outside a Leon County courtroom

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 1:41 pm

A Tallahassee Judge is weighing whether to allow a constitutional challenge to the state’s tax credit scholarship program to proceed. Since its inception, the program has been a target for legislative challenges, but the current pending litigation has generated larger, more expansive efforts by supporters to get the lawsuit tossed.

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Education
10:14 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Jeb Bush Criticizes Teacher Unions in Return Visit

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, who waged a running battle with Florida's teacher unions during his eight years in office, used a return visit to the state capital to defend education changes he put in place that have come under fire as he mulls a run for president.

Jeb Bush, considered a front-runner in the crowded field of Republican presidential prospects, speaks at a fund-raising luncheon in Tallahassee on TuesdayCredit Reuters/Bill CotterellEdit | Remove

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Education
7:33 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

State Asks Judge to Throw Out Tax Credit Scholarship Lawsuit

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Lawyers for the state and parents whose children use Florida's de facto school-voucher program argued Monday that groups including the state's largest teachers union don't have the right to challenge the program in court.

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Education
9:04 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Study: Performance Funding Doesn't Improve Outcomes In Higher Ed

President Obama wants to make two years of public community college free for many students. But institutions like Miami Dade College, pictured here, could only participate if they also have a performance funding program.

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 6:50 am

Performance funding in public higher education is a way for states to hold institutions accountable for certain outcomes. But new research shows it doesn’t do much to keep students enrolled or boost graduation rates.

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