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Judge Sides With State On Charter School Standards

Jul 24, 2017

Rejecting arguments of charter schools, an administrative law judge Friday upheld a plan that would make charter schools ineligible for state construction and facilities money if they have “D” performance grades in two consecutive years.

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A group of parents from across Florida,  including several from Tampa Bay, filed a lawsuit this week challenging the state’s reading retention law for third-grade students.

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There is a renewed call to make Florida’s Education Secretary an elected position – again.

The state’s top educator used to be elected statewide and served as a member of the Florida Cabinet. The cabinet also served as the Florida Board of Education.

Lawmakers Considering More Testing Changes

Dec 10, 2015
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Less than a year after lawmakers overhauled public-school testing following the botched rollout of the new Florida Standards Assessments, the debate over how to measure student learning is far from over.

Florida’s public school class size limits could be up for reconsideration in the upcoming legislative session. The state’s public school governing board wants lawmakers to consider revising the system.

The Florida Board of Education’s new budget request promotes Governor Rick Scott’s pledge for record funding of K-12 public schools. If it’s approved by the legislature this Spring, the $17.5 billion request would one for the record books.

Scott has made education funding a priority for the past two years, a reversal from his first year in office when the legislature approved a $1.3 billion cut to public schools. The money has been steadily increasing since then. Now Scott is campaigning on even more money for education.

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Florida school superintendents are asking for three additional years to fully switch to math, English and literacy standards known as Common Core.

Florida is one of 45 states to adopt the standards, which outline what students should know at the end of each grade.

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Pam Stewart twice stepped in to replace departing Florida education commissioners. Today she got the job long-term.

The State Board of Education unanimously chose Stewart to be the state's education commissioner. She follows Tony Bennett, who resigned from the post last month.

A Scott/Bush Split On State Board Of Education

Sep 17, 2013
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Two State Board of Education members criticized Gov. Rick Scott's leadership on education issues Tuesday, highlighting a rift between Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Board members Kathleen Shanahan and Sally Bradshaw -- who served as former Bush chiefs of staff -- said Scott needed to show more leadership on Common Core State Standards and other education issues.

The board is meeting in Palm Beach County today.

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Florida school grades will drop by no more than a single letter grade this year after the State Board of Education approved temporary changes to the school grading system.

But the issue revealed a divide among board members about the value of the state’s school grading system.

Board member Sally Bradshaw said the changes would only protect the self-esteem of adults leading school districts while ignoring students receiving a substandard education. Other board members said the school grading system needed an overhaul.