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09-20 TBT

Florida submits its Every Student Succeeds Act

After months of planning and feedback, the Florida Department of Education submitted its federal Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plan on Wednesday. The plan had been due Monday, but the state won an extension because of Hurricane Irma. Originally, the department had intended to request waivers relating to percentages of students tested, assessment exemptions for English learners… Read more »

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District joins suit against state

The Wakulla County School Board voted Monday night to join school districts across Florida in a legal challenge to House Bill 7069, a controversial education-conforming law that critics say will undermine local control and expand the charter school system. Thirteen other school districts are suing over the law. After hearing the opinion of Superintendent Bobby… Read more »

09-19 TBO

Pinellas votes 7-0 to help sue Legislature over new law favoring charter schools

They said they had no choice but to do it. They said they would rather reach a compromise. But Pinellas County school officials nevertheless moved ahead Tuesday with their long-discussed plans to join a lawsuit challenging a controversial education bill that, critics say, unfairly favors charter schools. The School Board voted unanimously to join the… Read more »

03-27 Miami Herald

Schools sued after doubling down on failed bonus program

Imagine a company created an incentive program to raise morale and help with retention. To reward and encourage its best employees. But instead, it angered and insulted the workforce. The best veterans felt passed over and questioned their career choices. Retention problems worsened. All in all, the opposite of what an incentive program should do…. Read more »

09-19 ProPublica

Failing Charter Schools Have a Reincarnation Plan

This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row. It designated the charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade as the worst public school in Clay County, and one of the lowest performing in the state…. Read more »

09-19 News Journal

State must fix bonus program

The Florida Education Association’s lawsuit to stop the state’s teacher bonus program is the right opposition for the wrong reasons. The teachers union has filed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that the “Best and Brightest” program discriminates against older and non-white teachers because it uses college entrance exams — the SAT or ACT — as… Read more »

09-18 Politico

Feds extend deadline for Florida education plan shrouded in secrecy

Federal education officials are giving the state more time to submit its plan to meet the requirements of a new federal education law — a move that will give state officials a few extra weeks to wrap up some last-minute changes under consideration that have been shrouded in secrecy. Citing the “devastation” of Hurricane Irma,… Read more »

08-04 News and Observer

Opinion: Class size matters in every grade

Here we go again. Someone dug up a study that purports to show that smaller classes after about the third grade don’t make any difference and, besides, smaller classes cost more and we we can’t afford them, and yadda yadda yadda. We’ve been through  all this before. Studied it. Argued about it. Voted on it. Decided… Read more »

FL Times Union 09-15

Some question state’s measurement of teacher effectiveness

Days before the school year started, state education officials forced Duval County Schools to remove 35 teachers from eight high-need schools. Those teachers’ so-called “VAM” scores were too low, the state said, and they shouldn’t teach at schools trying to turn around persistently low grades. The controversial move cast light on the main way Florida… Read more »

09-15 Mia Her

Does this add up? Florida teachers sue to end their own bonus pay program.

A state program that awards bonuses to top-rated teachers based on their own SAT and ACT scores from high school violates federal and state civil rights laws against employment discrimination, argues a potential class-action lawsuit filed this week by Florida’s largest teachers union and seven classroom teachers from South Florida. The Best and Brightest program… Read more »

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