LISTEN LIVE

Teacher Evaluations

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Several large Florida schools districts say they will use state test scores to evaluate those teachers. That means some art, music or gym teachers will be judged based on their students’ scores on the state reading test.

“In some cases teachers are definitely not happy with it,” said Sharon Glickman, president of Broward Teachers Union. “And to a certain extent we’re not either. But it’s the best of, I hate to say it, two evils.”

Florida Senate

Florida lawmakers say they’re serious about addressing what’s become a testing crisis in the state’s public schools. In addition to testing, they’re also planning to tackle a tech gap. Senator John Legg chairs the chamber's K-12 Education Committee.

Lutz Republican Senator John Legg knows education.

“We have converging lines of opportunity here with teacher evaluations, technology, testing and school grades—all coming to a head in 2015-2016," he says, summing up the current state of Florida's school accountability system.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.

So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships -- to motivate their supporters.

“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base," says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

SharingFlorida.org

Charlie Crist has to close a sale.

The one-time Republican governor now wants to become governor as a Democrat.

But he needs to convince Democrats he’s now one of them if he has any chance of challenging Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

It's why Crist is talking about his education record during the early days of the campaign -- especially his 2009 decision to accept federal stimulus money.

That money ensured teachers stayed on the job, Crist said at his campaign announcement earlier this month in St. Petersburg.

What We Learned At Gov. Scott's Education Summit

Sep 3, 2013
John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Last week Gov. Rick Scott asked three dozen parents, educators, lawmakers and business leaders to take a look at state education policies at a three-day summit in Clearwater.

They were asked to review four things: New Common Core standards which take full effect next year; Florida's next standardized test; the state school grading formula; and teacher evaluations.

emmajanehw / Flickr

A New York Times story published this week takes a look at why teachers have a tougher time improving reading performance than math performance.

In part, it’s because math lessons are more discrete. A quiz can tell you which math concepts a student is having problems with, as a teacher notes in the story.

Florida Plans Increased Scrutiny For Education Schools

May 20, 2013
John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Editor's note: This post was authored by Sarah Butrymowicz with The Hechinger Report.

Lee-Anne Spalding’s Elementary School Social Studies class at the University of Central Florida (UCF) had spread out over the room in small groups.

Gina Jordan / StateImpact Florida

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says state leaders and lawmakers are listening to teacher concerns about evaluations.

The Florida Education Association is suing Bennett, the Department of Education, and a few school districts over teacher evaluations.