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Florida Senate panel backs scholarships for bullied students

Students who are victims of bullying or sexual harassment would be eligible for voucher-like scholarships to attend private schools under a bill approved Monday by the Senate Education Committee.Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who is sponsoring the legislation (SB 1172), said the “Hope Scholarship” program is designed to “empower” families when they find their… Read more »

10-06 News Press

Schools of Hope moves forward to allow charters near struggling district schools

he Florida Board of Education unanimously approved a rule on Wednesday opening the door for private nonprofits to apply to receive millions in state funding to operate charter schools near low-performing public schools, called “Schools of Hope.” The rule establishes a process for a nonprofit group to become an operator of the charter schools. The “Schools of Hope” program… Read more »

11-27 WashPo

House Panel Suggests Some School Voucher Changes

Florida private schools that take state vouchers would face new rules under proposed legislation the Florida House education committee is slated to review this morning. The proposals would require state officials, for example, to visit all private schools before they are eligible to take one of Florida’s vouchers, or school scholarship programs, and would require… Read more »

11-29 OrSen

House Democrat calls for end to Best and Brightest bonuses

Just months after the Florida Legislature expanded the state’s Best and Brightest bonus program, and formally added it into law, Rep. Loranne Ausley has filed a bill to repeal the controversial system. With two short lines, HB 6061 would completely do away with the sections of statute creating the model that pays certain teachers extra for their performance evaluations and college… Read more »

11-25 TBT 03

One Year Later, The Battle Continues Over HB 7069

“In part two of our look at the top litigation expected in 2018, a new law that’s drawing fire from most of Florida’s 67 public school districts is expected to remain prominent after the legislative session begins this week. Mention House Bill 7069 to a school administrator or teacher, and more often as not you’ll… Read more »

03-09 Palm Beach Post

Scale back Florida’s teacher merit-pay rules, lawmakers say

Florida’s controversial teacher merit-pay law could be scaled backagain in coming months, as some state lawmakers think student test scores should no longer play into teacher evaluations. Proposals filed by two Republican lawmakers would unwind part of what the GOP once touted as one of its landmark reforms of the past decade — the 2011… Read more »

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Scale back Florida’s teacher merit-pay rules, lawmakers say

Florida’s controversial teacher merit-pay law could be scaled back again in coming months, as some state lawmakers think student test scores should no longer play into teacher evaluations. Proposals filed by two Republican lawmakers would unwind part of what the GOP once touted as one of its landmark reforms of the past decade — the 2011… Read more »

09-19 News Journal

How the GOP tax overhaul could impact your kid’s education

“The sweeping $1.5 trillion tax overhaul President Donald Trump signed into law last week will likely impact many areas of American life, including education. Experts are still analyzing what the GOP tax plan means for each state, but it could affect everything from how parents pay for private schools to the amount of money available… Read more »

Judge refuses to dismiss Palm Beach challenge to new education law

“A circuit judge has rejected the state’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Palm Beach County School Board that challenges a controversial new education law. After holding a hearing in the case, Leon County Circuit Judge James Shelfer issued a two-paragraph order late Monday afternoon denying the state’s motion for dismissal. The Palm… Read more »

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