- Early stats show Hillsborough traditional schools losing to charters
- Aug 21, 7:34 AM: The Tampa Bay Times has been paying close attention to enrollment trends in the Hillsborough County Public Schools. Numbers on the first day of school indicated charter school enrollment had grown to 13 percent of all students.
- Education Commissioner Corcoran talks Schools of Hope, teacher compensation in Pensacola
- > Aug 19, 8:33 AM: He pointed to IDEA Public Schools — one of four "Schools of Hope" operators that will be permitted to open charter schools in the vicinity of persistently low-performing public schools — as an example of measurable
- BCPS Superintendent Robert Runcie addresses charter school security concerns
- > Aug 16, 7:41 AM: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission held a meeting for the second consecutive day discussing security concerns for charter schools in the county, but this time Broward County Public Schools
- Officials: State rule forcing good teachers to leave turnaround schools in Polk
- > Aug 16, 7:36 AM: At the end of her second day of school this week, a local elementary teacher was told she’d no longer be teaching at that school. Why? Because at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, at a different school, she was given a “needs
- A different kind of signing day for these students looking to build careers
- Aug 16, 7:13 AM: Eight young professionals kicked off their careers with a signing ceremony Thursday, but they’re not going into athletics — they’re the first class of apprentices at Carroll Daniel Construction.
- Circuit judge strikes blow to teachers unions in case against membership requirements
- > Aug 14, 7:38 AM: As students around the state make their way back into the classrooms, Florida teachers unions are coping with a defeat in their case against a law requiring them to maintain 50 percent membership or else face a recertification
- Proposed law would cut funding to private Florida voucher schools that discriminate against students
- > Aug 13, 6:35 AM: The new bill filed Friday by Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, would make private voucher schools comply with discrimination practices, ensuring they "may not deny enrollment to a student based on the student's race, ethnicity,
- Charter schools take off in Florida
Eddie Ruiz oversees six charter schools in Palm Beach County and dozens across Florida. Working in both the classroom and administration, he spent years in public schools before making the switch.
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- Column: Parental choice works in education
- Aug 12, 7:02 AM: When you give low-income parents more freedom to choose what’s best for their kids, they choose wisely. So yes, it’s worth it.
- Florida OKs 36 new private schools for voucher money vs. 151 two years ago, with visit requirement
- > Aug 12, 6:25 AM: Three dozen Florida private schools have been approved to receive state-backed scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, the first time when site visits by Department of Education staff are required before campuses can start
- Private schools can’t accommodate every student, and neither can public schools | Commentary
- Aug 9, 5:54 AM: When it comes to educating students with disabilities, the Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell would hold schools that participate in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program to a higher standard than district-run schools.
- Discrimination: Florida voucher schools can reject kids with disabilities | Commentary
- > Aug 7, 6:22 AM: Voucher schools can hire unqualified teachers. They can use bogus curriculum. They can be such financial wrecks that they shut down in the middle of the school year. And they’re allowed to deny admission to students who are gay or
- Bill seeks mayor-appointed Duval school board
- Aug 6, 7:55 AM: As discussion relating to an elected School Board’s ability to put a half-cent sales tax on the ballot swirls around Jacksonville, one local lawmaker seeks to change the structure entirely.
- Doral Charter math whizzes win big at Mu Alpha Theta competition
- > Aug 6, 6:58 AM: Select students from Doral Academy Charter School recently competed in the 49th annual Mu Alpha Theta National Convention, held in Las Vegas, and placed sixth out of 50 schools — ending the week-long competition with 40
- Do school vouchers lead to better education? New research raises questions.
- > Aug 1, 7:19 AM: For the past couple of decades, proponents of vouchers for private schools have been pushing the idea that vouchers work. They assert there is a consensus among researchers that voucher programs lead to learning gains for students —
- Mayor-appointed School Board gets another look
- Aug 1, 5:40 AM: A decade-old idea for changing the elected Duval County School Board into a board appointed by the mayor is coming back for consideration by the Jacksonville Charter Revision Commission.
- New apprentice program aims to fill demand for aerospace and manufacturing technicians
- > Jul 30, 7:31 AM: Brevard County's space boom continues to take off with factory openings, corporate relocations and monthly launches. As aerospace jobs increase, the challenge for business owners is finding qualified candidates to fill
- Editorial: Better oversight needed for voucher schools
- Jul 29, 6:30 AM: As a rising number of Florida students receive taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private schools, there is a growing need for increased accountability for the schools they attend.
- Editorial: Charter schools provide a critical choice
- > Jul 26, 6:41 AM: A school that receives consistently low grades needs a transformation, whether through leadership, a change of curriculum or other steps. But parents don’t have the luxury of waiting to see if these changes will bear fruit, and
- Do charter schools pose a threat to local Treasure Coast school districts?
- > Jul 26, 5:30 AM: How does a state become a leader in school choice? It needs a a state legislature that supports programs and scholarships that encourage school choice and pave the way for new charter schools to open, student enrollment at charter