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Poll finds support across demographics for school choice
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Dec 9, 7:30 AM: The poll found 69% of registered voters support the concept of school choice, and the same number favor the ability to send children to schools beyond their zoned public school. About 70% of registered voters support a federal tax >
Editorial: Volusia County must work to close racial gap
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Dec 9, 7:27 AM: As documented by The News-Journal’s Cassidy Alexander, there are significant gaps that break down along racial lines . Across math and language-arts testing at all grade levels, black and Latino students score as much as 40 percent >
School Board to consider high performing charter in south Lake
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Dec 3, 7:41 AM: The School Board will consider the school’s application, submitted in August and positively reviewed as a high-performing charter in October by the district’s charter review board, on Monday.
Editorial: Give Florida schools more funding flexibility
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Nov 26, 6:36 AM: The quality of Florida’s public education system should be seen as a critical part of the state’s plan for economic prosperity and quality of life.
Florida teacher pay proposal under fire
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Nov 25, 7:06 AM: Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to push minimum teacher salaries in Florida to $47,500, second only to New Jersey among the states for base pay. Teachers union officials and lawmakers are poking holes in $900 million plan.
Voucher programs hurting rural school districts like Lakeland, Westview and Prairie Heights
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Nov 20, 7:06 AM: Southwest Allen School Superintendent Dr. Phil Downs spent Monday evening at Lakeland, trying to help demystify public education funding and talked about how the state school voucher system has penalized smaller, rural school >
Opinion: Florida parents will choose from the best educational options, district or not Not all opti
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Nov 20, 6:33 AM: Some of the options, while well intended, are driven by district office planners and not families, not the teachers and not the community. Parents should check out each choice program and ask tough questions such as: “Does this >
No sub available? Pasco schools turn to ‘Classrooms on Demand’
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Nov 19, 7:18 AM: It’s a new project, devised to help district schools that can’t find subs to fill their classrooms. Instead, they turn to the county’s virtual education program for support.
Troubled Florida Virtual School Still Under State Scrutiny
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Nov 18, 7:31 AM: State education officials continue to consider changes to the operations of Florida Virtual School, which has faced a number of problems, including questionable spending and a wide-ranging data breach.
DeSantis proposes biggest bonuses for teachers who work with low-income students
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Nov 15, 7:01 AM: Florida’s controversial “best and brightest” educator bonus program would get revamped again next year under a $300 million initiative Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed Thursday.
Pasco eSchool leader named county Principal of the Year
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Nov 14, 7:13 AM: The conference room already had decorations and gifts that JoAnne Glenn’s Pasco eSchool staff had brought to celebrate her birthday in between sessions on social-emotional learning.
Letter: Expand Florida Tax Credit Scholarships
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Nov 14, 6:13 AM: The solution to failing public schools is school choice. Because of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, we will have another 18,000 young Florida students, many previously forced to attend failing schools, enjoying school choice.
Letter: The FEA Protests Too Much About the Cost of Charters
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Nov 12, 8:25 AM: "Charters: A Drain on Classic Public Schools” (Letters, Oct. 31) by Florida Education Association President Fedrick Ingram is an opinion that needs a rebuttal. What is the real financial impact of charters on Florida’s traditional >
Charter schools could benefit from future school tax referendums
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Nov 12, 7:59 AM: For any future referendums to raise sales tax rates for public schools, there could be a proportional carveout for charter schools.
Ben Diamond seeks to boost high school civics education through community projects
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Nov 8, 8:47 AM: The bill would establish an option for school districts to include a nonpartisan civic literacy project through their U.S. Government curriculum. That project would require students to identify an issue or problem in their >
Florida’s school voucher programs offer many families another path
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Nov 7, 7:11 AM: The newest program from the Legislature is a state-funded voucher, called the ‘Family Empowerment Scholarship.’ Created because Tax Credit Scholarship donations did not keep up with demand, the voucher quickly became the biggest >
Pasco’s oldest charter school seeks 33 percent enrollment boost
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Nov 6, 8:06 AM: The Regency Park Civic Association in Port Richey no longer could afford to keep up its civic center building and grounds. It donated the property to Dayspring Academy charter school, which plans to create a high school there.
Florida Virtual School needs new board, new ethics standards, state education department says
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Nov 4, 8:33 AM: The troubled Florida Virtual School should get a new governor-appointed board, new ethics standards for employees and a new inspector general inside the school to oversee internal audits and investigations, according to a report >
Hillsborough’s charter school enrollment tops 28,000, with more campuses on the way
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Nov 1, 6:37 AM: Often controversial, but undeniably growing, they were created to give families an alternative to traditional public schools, with the goal of offering a more innovative curriculum. Enrollment in charters grew to 313,586 last school >
Florida’s school voucher programs offer many families another path
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Nov 1, 5:31 AM: Florida families have more school choice options to contemplate than ever before, as they review the possibilities for 2020-21.

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