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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Jan. 1, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Jan. 1, 2018

Florida's education policy debates are ramping up as lawmakers return for an early 2018 legislative session. Funding, teacher bonuses, testing and other hot-button issues are poised to keep the debates lively over the coming weeks and months. Don't m...
Published: 01/06/18
Low performing Florida elementary schools need preschool connections, lawmaker says

Low performing Florida elementary schools need preschool connections, lawmaker says

Elementary schools that land on Florida's Lowest 300 list for their language arts test scores face a state mandate to add a daily hour of reading instruction for all students who earned lower than 5 on the exam.A recent review of the practice by...
Published: 01/05/18
Proposal to replace Florida Standards Assessments with national tests hits a roadblock

Proposal to replace Florida Standards Assessments with national tests hits a roadblock

For years, many Florida educators, parents and students have argued that the state's public school children face too many tests.One idea to lighten the load has been to replace some of the state's exams — particularly for high school language a...
Published: 01/05/18
Florida education news: Teacher bonuses, school choice, board races and more

Florida education news: Teacher bonuses, school choice, board races and more

TEACHER BONUSES: Florida's Best and Brightest program, to provide extra bonus pay to teachers with top evaluations and college entrance exam scores, has been the subject of criticism since its inception. Even as the model has grown, teacher...
Published: 01/05/18
House Democrat calls for end to Best and Brightest bonuses

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 com...
Published: 01/04/18
Pasco School Board member Allen Altman to seek fourth term

Pasco School Board member Allen Altman to seek fourth term

The longest serving current member of the Pasco County School Board has filed paperwork to seek another term in office.Dade City insurance executive Allen Altman, first elected in 2006, said he wants to continue the board's efforts to expand sch...
Published: 01/04/18
Gradebook podcast: Florida Rep. Shevrin Jones, ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee

Gradebook podcast: Florida Rep. Shevrin Jones, ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee

Republican lawmakers have dominated discussion in Florida's debate over education policy in recent years. Rep. Shevrin Jones, the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee, aims to have a more collaborative approach on the issues as the 2018 ...
Published: 01/04/18
Florida education news: Elections, extortion, funding and more

Florida education news: Elections, extortion, funding and more

ELECTIONS: Four of seven Pinellas County School Board seats come up for election in 2018. So far, just one of the incumbents — Rene Flowers — has filed papers to seek another term.EXTORTION: Universities and colleges across Flor...
Published: 01/04/18
Pinellas School Board chairwoman files for re-election

Pinellas School Board chairwoman files for re-election

Pinellas County School Board chairwoman Rene Flowers is the first incumbent board member to file for re-election in August.Flowers, who filed her election paperwork Tuesday, said she wanted to wait until the new year — and after her work w...
Published: 01/03/18
What percentage of education funding should Florida’s state government provide?

What percentage of education funding should Florida’s state government provide?

The dispute could not be more stark.Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Senate have pushed to allow local tax collections to rise with the increasing value of property, as a way to grow education funding. Just leaving the tax rate alone looks to generate...
Published: 01/03/18