Education

Should Florida level the playing field for university performance funding?

BY: - January 30, 2019

Florida has handed out nearly $1 billion in special “performance funding” to its public universities since the fall of 2014. But Florida A&M University, one of the largest and oldest historically black universities in the country, has received less than two percent of that funding – just $17 million. Compare that to the University of […]

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A new nonprofit will advance a “school choice” education agenda for FL – but it will face opposition

BY: - January 25, 2019

A new nonprofit called the “School Choice Movement” will push a broad education agenda to expand scholarship programs for kids to attend private schools with public dollars, among other key initiatives proposed for the upcoming legislative session. The organization’s efforts will likely be opposed by traditional schools and teacher unions, but will be bolstered by […]

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Good news for families: More money for Bright Futures scholarships to pay for college

BY: - January 25, 2019

State lawmakers have bumped state funding for the merit-based Bright Futures scholarships to $545 million this academic year, up from $520 million approved last spring. The funding comes from proceeds from the Florida Lottery. The $25 million in extra funds will cover the nearly 6 percent unexpected increase in students qualifying for the scholarships. The […]

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Are impressive graduation rates in FL for real? State calculations eliminate thousands of kids, boosting results

BY: - January 25, 2019

North Florida’s Suwannee County School District posted an almost perfect record for kids earning diplomas last school year — a 96.2-percent graduation rate showing students met coursework, testing and other requirements. But the impressive graduation rate in Suwannee and other Florida districts also is the result of a math equation that parents, educators and politicians […]

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The elected vs. appointed debate: Is it time to go back to electing FL’s Education Commissioner?

BY: - January 23, 2019

Years ago, state officials from Betty Castor and Frank Brogan to Tom Gallagher and Charlie Crist had something in common: They went on the campaign trail and got elected by voters to oversee Florida’s massive education system. But the elected Commissioner of Education post has been gone since 2003 because of Constitutional changes and it’s […]

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“Broken culture,” improper spending, embarrassment, at University of Central FL

BY: - January 22, 2019

The University of Central Florida is under fire after an investigative report revealed tens of millions in improper spending for construction projects, the News Service of Florida reports. UCF President Dale Whittaker acknowledged a “broken culture” at the Orlando-based university, and has said he’ll terminate four members of the school’s finance and administration division. At […]

High School

Upheaval continues over dismissals at Broward County sheriff’s office

BY: - January 15, 2019

Just days after Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County’s Sheriff in connection with the deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, another longtime law enforcement leader has been dismissed and other sheriff’s officials have turned in paperwork to resign or retire, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. New Gov. DeSantis launched what has become […]

New survey: Fl middle and HS schools “not safe” for most LGBTQ students

BY: - January 9, 2019

Most Florida middle and high school students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) have experienced everything from homophobic remarks to harassment, discrimination and hostile environments at school. Those are some of the findings from the New York-based GLSEN education organization that focuses on student safety. The group conducted the tenth National School […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis takes the reins

BY: and - January 8, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis distinguished himself from his predecessor Rick Scott by emphasizing a clean environment in his Tuesday inaugural speech, but the two biggest audience cheers he earned were about traditional conservative hot button issues – immigration and so-called “activist judges.” “We won’t allow sanctuary cities,” he declared, returning to a favorite theme that he […]

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FL Supreme Court ends longstanding education lawsuit, ruling against advocates fighting for better schools

BY: - January 4, 2019

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ended a nearly 10-year-long education lawsuit, ruling against attorneys and advocacy groups fighting to improve education in Florida – particularly for poor minority students. In the close 4-3 opinion, the High Court rejected the assertion that Florida’s K-12 education system violates the state’s Constitution, though lawyers had argued that […]

COMMENTARY

Dumbing down Florida education

BY: - December 21, 2018

Florida Republicans have once again demonstrated their contempt for education by making former House Speaker Richard Corcoran Commissioner of Education. It’s not merely that he’s grossly unqualified, he’s hell bent on wrecking our public schools. Just as Donald Trump has no experience telling the truth, Corcoran has no experience in education – unlike former commissioner […]

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An attorney/politician will lead Florida’s massive education system — and it won’t be easy

BY: - December 17, 2018

Former House Speaker Richard Corcoran – a lawyer and astute politician with no education credentials – will be Florida’s new Education Commissioner, taking on a complex role encompassing school finance, education policy, academic standards, and diverse constituencies ranging from teacher unions to charter school advocates to the Florida PTA. He’ll be working on behalf of […]