Education

Cases Made That Florida Teacher Test Scoring Is Flawed

Jun 16, 2017

A man has become the second to recently challenge the Florida Department of Education on how it scores teacher tests.

Scott Vetoes Higher Education Changes

Jun 16, 2017

With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday wiped out most of the higher-education policy initiatives that had been advanced by Senate President Joe Negron during the 2017 legislative session.

In the middle of the school year, Hayden Dallip was at home in Miami Gardens when he got a call from his seventh-grade daughter. “She was crying—she said, 'Daddy, hurry up and come to the school.' " The phone call home came after a fight with another student. “I said, 'what’s going on, what’s going on?' She said, ‘Please come to the school because they suspended me,” Dallip recounted.

Photo: U.S. Army by Stephen Baack

A new study from the School of Education at Florida Southwestern State College calculates the costs of getting three- and four-year old students prepared for kindergarten across Southwest Florida. The cost comes out to roughly $12,000 per student for an ideal combination of small classes, experienced head teachers, and materials. But the study finds a roughly $8,000 gap between what's needed and what federal and state funds provide.

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Hundreds of teachers and school staff members made sure Governor Rick Scott knew they oppose an education bill awaiting his signature. They demonstrated outside Beach Boulevard’s Angie’s Subs in Jacksonville Beach where Scott was stopping Tuesday during what he called a statewide victory tour after reaching budget deals with the Legislature.

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