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The Costs of Missing Test-Based Accountability in Schools

In his new book, “The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better,” Daniel Koretz, a Harvard professor with a career studying educational testing, implores us to consider what decades of test-based accountability have done to U.S. public schools. His assessment isn’t pretty. Koretz describes an education system that has organized itself in almost every way… Read more »

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Report Shows Impact of Homelessness on Florida Students

A new study Monday shows more than 72,000 Florida school children were considered homeless in the 2015-2016 school year. Twelve thousand of them are in central Florida. The study attributes the increase to the recession and more teacher training to identify students who are homeless. Shelley Lauten, CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, said… Read more »

09-30 TBT

State is set for a big court battle over Florida’s funding of charter schools

The legal war has officially begun over a highly controversial, charter school-friendly education law Republican state lawmakers pushed through last spring. Palm Beach County School Board members filed a lawsuit this week challenging the constitutionality of one part of House Bill 7069. Another, potentially more far-reaching lawsuit with the backing of at least 14 other… Read more »

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 »


Survey: Americans’ Confidence in Public Schools is Growing

It’s well-known that the American people generally have a more favorable opinion of institutions when viewed through a local, as opposed to a state or national, prism. Public schools are no exception. Most individuals give their neighborhood schools high marks but have a more negative assessment of the nation’s schools overall. A couple of recent… 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 »

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