This week, Florida students will take part in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT, a cornerstone of outcome-based education, strongly promoted by Florida GOP leaders since the late 1990s.
Gov. Rick Scott has said that the 2012-2013 state budget he will sign Tuesday, which includes a $1 billion increase for K-12 public education over the 2011 budget, is a significant investment, a statement the Florida Education Association disputes.
A campaign launched by several progressive organizations has led eight major corporations to withdraw from the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, where state legislators and business representatives meet to draft model legislation.
Parents, educators and supporters of public education will occupy the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., starting Friday to demand support for well-funded, high-quality public schools and an end to publicly funded private schools.
Despite the sound defeat of two ambitious, GOP-sponsored education bills during Florida’s 2012 legislative session, charter school lobbyists are vowing to be back next year.
The K-12 education Parent Empowerment in Education bill, also known as the “Parent Trigger” bill, is slated to go before the Florida Senate Thursday. The bill, which opponents have said is merely a push to privatize public schools, has already passed the House of Representatives.
In a press conference held Monday, state lawmakers representing both parties, along with members of Florida’s Parent Teacher Association, spoke out against the controversial K-12 education “Parent Trigger bill” currently moving through the state legislature.
According to a California-based organization backing Florida’s controversial “Parent Trigger bill,” the measure isn’t being led by charter schools or business-backed groups, and actually has the support of many in the public school system.
The controversial “Parent Trigger bill” filed by Rep. Michael Bileca, R-Miami, was approved by the Florida House in a party-line vote Thursday.