The big story from last week's election was President Obama winning re-election. But there were some big results for education as well.

Voters had their say on Constitutional amendments and local tax questions. While an Indiana election might have some repercussions in Florida.

State won't Appeal Immigrant Tuition Ruling

Nov 6, 2012

The state will not appeal a court ruling that found it unconstitutional to charge out-of-state tuition to legal Florida residents whose parents are undocumented. The decision by the State Board of Education Tuesday means students can pay in-state tuition starting in January.

Five U.S. citizens sued over being forced to pay higher tuition because of their parents’ legal status.

Board member John Padget said the presidents of Broward College and other institutions are ready to abide by the judge’s ruling. 

Amy Tardif

Five-year-old Levi Adkisson had never been exposed to Spanish before this school year. But only a few weeks in, he’s following directions and reading in the language. He’s one of the native English-speaking students in Lilia Abuerne’s Spanish classroom in the new dual language program at Tice Elementary school in Lee County.

The program began this fall more than 50 years after the first school in Florida launched a dual language program. Two classes of kindergartners at Tice Elementary are learning in Spanish half the day and the other half in English. Some of the kids are native Spanish-speakers and some are native English-speakers. By the end of 5th grade, the goal is for all of them to be bilingual and biliterate.

Debit Cards for Teachers

Oct 26, 2012

Governor Rick Scott released his education plan today. One of his goals: To give teachers the tools they need to succeed.

Teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies for their students. Now, the Governor who cut $1.3 billion in education funding during his first year in office is saying he's wants to give every teacher in Florida a debit card.

He's calling it the Teacher Supply Program and he's asking business leaders to invest in it. The program needs to be approved by Florida lawmakers during the legislative session starting in March.

Governor Rick Scott introduced his legislative agenda for education at a summit in Fort Myers today.  It’s based on what he learned from educators and others on a recent statewide listening tour.  Its aim is to implement a smooth transition to national Common Core Standards within two years and to support teachers.