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Public education advocates to occupy Department of Education

By | 03.30.12 | 9:08 am

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.

Education bill with ties to pro-business organization slated for Florida Senate Thursday

By | 03.07.12 | 2:47 pm

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.

K-12 education ‘parent trigger bill’ passes state Senate subcommittee

By | 02.29.12 | 11:53 am

The GOP-sponsored Parent Empowerment in Education bill, also known as the “Parent Trigger bill” for K-12 education, passed a state Senate subcommittee Tuesday. The bill was filed by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Ft. Myers.

National Education Association announces plan to increase teacher quality

By | 12.09.11 | 9:45 am

The National Education Association, which represents 3 million teachers and education support professionals across the U.S., announced new initiatives on Thursday “to increase the quality of teacher candidates, make sure that teachers remain at the top of their game throughout their careers, and to improve student learning by helping educators become leaders in their schools.”

State Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay (Pic by Mark Foley)

State legislator wants to know who paid for charter school summit

By | 08.22.11 | 3:53 pm

Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, is demanding that the state Department of Education investigate the costs of the annual summit of Charter Schools USA, held in Orlando last week and attended by Gov. Rick Scott.

Michelle Rhee with Gov. Rick Scott (Pic via flgov.com)

Scott, Rhee to speak at Charter Schools USA summit in Orlando

By | 08.18.11 | 10:56 am

Gov. Rick Scott — a strong supporter of publicly funded, privately run charter schools — speaks today at the annual summit of Charter Schools USA in Orlando.

Gov. Rick Scott (Pic via scotttransition.com)

Scott transition team’s education plan worries voucher advocate

By | 12.23.10 | 12:00 pm

The “universal voucher” proposal floated this week by Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s transition team is drawing opposition from at least one longtime supporter of school vouchers.

(Pic by Max Wolfe)

Scott’s transition team calls for school choice, merit pay, online education and ‘rebranding’

By | 12.22.10 | 12:15 pm

A document released Tuesday by Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s transition team outlines ideas for expanding “school choice” and “teacher accountability,” along with other measures intended to transform the state’s education system.

(Pic by Max Wolfe)

Data shows student proficiency levels not much higher at charter schools

By | 12.14.10 | 6:00 am

Florida legislators gathered last week to watch Waiting for Superman, a documentary that advances two solutions for the problems with America’s education system: school choice and accountability for teachers. It also emphasizes the role charter schools can play in the educational debate.

But new Florida data shows that students at charter schools are not significantly more proficient at reading, math and science than those at traditional public schools.

The poster image for the film Waiting for Superman

Scott, Superman and what’s next for Florida’s schools

By | 12.10.10 | 2:49 pm

This week, Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee for committee meetings gathered for a screening of Waiting for Superman, a documentary that advances two solutions for the problems with America’s education system: school choice and so-called accountability for teachers.

Both ideas were on display Thursday.

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