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12-12 TBT

Spring testing window extended because of fall hurricanes

A busy 2017 hurricane season kept hundreds of thousands of Florida students out of school for days, if not weeks, this past fall. First came closures in anticipation of Irma. Then came the extended time off to allow schools time to clean up, and staffs to return from evacuation. Districts established some makeup days. But leaders also raised… Read more »

12-10

Our School Systems Deserve Better Than This

Very often, people who express doubts about the value of public charter schools are criticized for being unsympathetic to minority and poor students that these schools allegedly are designed to help. (That the charter movement is awash in fraud and deceit, to say nothing of educational and disciplinary policies that wouldn’t be out of place in Tom Brown’s School… Read more »

11-18 News Journal

Property tax money could be key in education budget

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told a Senate budget panel Thursday that funding would be “woefully short” next year if lawmakers do not use an increase in property tax collections to support schools. Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget for 2018-2019 includes a $200 increase in per-student funding for the kindergarten-through-high-school system. Scott wants to increase the… Read more »

12-05 WCTV

Public Unions at Odds with Florida Lawmakers

Public employees could see their unions put out of business if they don’t maintain at least a 50 percent membership. Unions say the idea has more to do with politics than good government. It is unions, more often than not, that bring hundreds of people to the State Capitol to rally against what they consider… Read more »

12-05 Public News Service

Labor Organizations Denounce “Union-busting” Bill Demanding Workers Pay for Representation

A bill opponents describe as “union-busting” legislation meant to target Florida’s public school teachers is back again after facing defeat in the Florida Legislature. Bills such as House Bill 25, by Republican Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood, are being introduced in legislatures across the country. While Plakon claims it will add greater transparency to labor unions, opponents… Read more »

11-29 OrSen

Maxwell: Welcome to Florida, the benighted state

One of Florida’s three nicknames is the Sunshine State. We should add at least one more: the Benighted State. You see, our anti-intellectual lawmakers in Tallahassee recently passed a law that institutionalizes academic censorship in our public schools. These politicians are urged on by the ultra-conservative group the Florida Citizens Alliance, anti-science zealots. Here is… Read more »

10-06 News Press

Ban on aid to religious groups could get erased

A ban on state support for religious groups would be removed from the Florida Constitution under a proposal approved Wednesday by a Constitution Revision Commission panel. In a 5-1 vote, the commission’s Declaration of Rights Committee endorsed a measure (Proposal 4) that would eliminate the Constitution’s so-called “no-aid” provision, which prohibits public funding “directly or… Read more »

11-29 OrSen

Florida House panel to hear views on voucher oversight

Florida House panel will hear about “oversight and monitoring” in the state’s school scholarship programs next week. These programs, often called school vouchers, were the subject of an Orlando Sentinel investigation published last month. A subcommittee of the House education committee will hear about requirements and outcomes for the scholarship programs — which pay for private… Read more »

11-14 OSa

Florida Constitution wrecking crew targets public schools | Editorial

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is pursuing a radical agenda to undermine public schools and send public money to churches, mosques and synagogues. Today, a committee may well vote to repeal Florida’s historic ban on state aid to religious institutions, including religious schools. And it may vote to rip apart the constitutional requirement that there… Read more »

11-27 WashPo

Why it’s a big problem that so many teachers quit – and what to do about it

Arkansas legislators voted unanimously this month to study exactly why nearly 40 percent of teachers in the state leave the classroom after five years. In South Carolina, the Clemson University Board of Trustees approved initial plans for the state’s first university-led teacher residency program in part to address the problem of teacher attrition. These are… Read more »

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