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11-14 OSa

Panel to weigh changes for school boards

A proposal to impose term limits on school board members will be taken up Monday as the Florida Constitution Revision Commission begins to evaluate 103 measures aimed at changing the state constitution. The term-limit measure (Proposal 43) is sponsored by Commissioner Erika Donalds, a Collier County School Board member. The amendment, if placed on the… Read more »

11-20 Sun Sentinel

Sen. Baxley files school bill to require ‘controversial’ science topics be taught in ‘balanced’ way

State Sen. Dennis Baxley, who once said controversy about evolution being taught in public schools “will never be over,” wants to make Florida school districts teach “controversial theories” in science subjects in a “balanced” manner. Baxley, R-Ocala, filed a bill Friday that would alter Florida’s academic standards in several key ways. His bill would give… Read more »

11-18 News Journal

Our View: Come clean on school tax

When Gov. Rick Scott released his budget, he made a lot of noise about the $180 million in tax cuts he was proposing. But he didn’t really mention the $534 million local property-tax increase also tucked into his budget proposal. Or rather, he did — but only by touting his “historic increases” in education funding…. Read more »


Devious Plans 2.0 – The latest plan to undermine Florida’s class-size laws

There’s a new proposal to raise teacher pay in Florida. Sounds swell. Pay here, after all, has long trailed the national average, often by about 20 percent. A recent USA Today study found Florida ranks 43rd — behind states like Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana. It’s fine to trail Georgia or Louisiana in SEC football standings. Not in wages… Read more »

11-14 OSa

School districts ask Supreme Court to block education law

Raising the prospect of “irreversible damage” to the public-education system, nine school boards want the Florida Supreme Court to block a massive education law approved in May. The school boards late Monday filed a constitutional challenge at the Supreme Court to the bill, which has become known in the education world by the shorthand HB… Read more »

11-13 TBT

Column: The Hillsborough student walkouts are a reminder of the high stakes of the 1968 statewide teachers’ strike

A nervous tension permeates the room. Students anxiously look toward each other, waiting for someone to make the first move. The substitute in the classroom demonstratively threatens each student with suspension for any forms of disruption. Suddenly, a quiet girl in the front row stands up, looks toward her classmates, and exclaims, “Let’s go!” Following… Read more »

11-10 Orlando Sen

House plans hearing on state scholarship programs

The Florida House plans to hold a hearing to explore how the state sends nearly $1 billion for scholarships to mostly unregulated private schools, the subject of the Orlando Sentinel’s recent “Schools Without Rules” series. “The goal of the House has always been a world class education for every child,” said Fred Piccolo, spokesman for… Read more »

01-25 Orlando Sentinel

Proposal targets class size, higher teacher pay

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission will consider a proposal that would make it easier for schools to comply with class-size limits, with financial savings required to go toward higher teacher pay. Commission member Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, filed the proposal before a deadline last week. If approved by the… Read more »

10-06 News Press

Brad Rogers: The Charter School Debate

The debate over charter schools has been ferocious over the past year, thanks to the Florida Legislature pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the educational alternatives and President Trump appointing a charter school icon, Betsy DeVos, as secretary of education for the nation. Now the debate has trickled down to Marion County. A national… Read more »

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