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The Demise of the Artist-Teacher

Vicki Cobb | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

It's time stop paying lip-service to "freedom" in schools. If we actually implement it, the artist-teacher will flourish and so will our kids.

Florida Supers Fake Readiness for 2015 Computerized Testing -- for Which Bus Drivers Could Serve as Techies

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I suspect that Florida is not alone in either having officials bend to top-down bullying to falsify technological readiness for testing or in having questionable assistance with trying to pull off its role in the America-As-Global-Competitive testing farce. It is beyond time to kill the federally-mandated testing beast.

Standardized Testing With a Spoonful of Sugar

Lee Kolbert | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
Lee Kolbert

There are incentives such as snacks, 'magic' candy bars, parties, colored pencils, rubber bracelets and other items with the purpose of tricking, er... I mean motivating, students to study and feel confident (and basically, not throw up).

Crisis At Miami Dade College

Posted 12.04.2012 | Miami

By Sarah Gonzalez, Mc Nelly Torres and Lynn Waddell, Florida Center For Investigative Reporting Shakira Lockett was a pretty good student in elemen...

Q&A: Alberto Carvalho On Public Schools, Immigration, And The FCAT

Posted 09.12.2012 | Miami

It's hard to imagine more than a handful of jobs more difficult than that of Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The nation's 4th-larg...

Florida School Teachers Helped Students Cheat

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

The state Department of Education's investigation into the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) found potential cheating at four Florida schoo...

Is Rick Scott Reversing Course On The FCAT?

Broward Palm Beach New Times | Chris Joseph | Posted 08.22.2012 | Miami

Governor Rick Scott released a video earlier this week saying that he will work to make changes to Florida's FCAT testing system. "No more teaching...

Some Florida Teachers Must Work An Extra Hour Each Day, While Uncertainty Regarding Pay Continues

Posted 08.16.2012 | Education

Some Florida teachers will be made to teach an extra hour each day, with their compensation for that additional hour still in flux, WPLG reports. I...

Embattled Florida Education Commissioner Resigns After Short Stint

Posted 08.02.2012 | Education

Citing family reasons, Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson is resigning from the position he has held for one year, the Miami Herald report...

Fight Ensues Over Florida Exams Failed By Most, Teacher Included

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

In Florida, controversy continues over whether state Board of Education acted appropriately by lowering the requirements for a passing score on the Fl...

School Board Votes to Stop Caring About Test Scores

Tony Phillips | Posted 07.31.2012 | Comedy
Tony Phillips

So the intermediate Gatsby is, as it turns out, not Gatsby at all -- it's something 67-pages long that panders to possessors of feeble vocabularies, probably the types of kids who vomit before standardized tests.

FCAT Scores Fall For Some As State Drops Standards For More Passing Grades

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 05.24.2012 | Education

The portion of Florida third graders who could be held back jumped to 18 percent this year as a result of low scores on the state's rigorous new stand...

Numbers Game

Todd Farley | Posted 07.17.2012 | Education
Todd Farley

The scores for the writing portion of this year's FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) plummeted so precipitously that the abilities of the Sunshine State's student writers aren't being called into question, the very validity of those scoring statistics are.

Parents And School Boards Endorse 'Stop FCAT' Petition

Posted 05.15.2012 | Miami

A national resolution to urge education administrators to rely less on standardized testing is gaining a wave of support in South Florida. The Palm...

Does Dade County's 'B' Grade Ignore Social And Economic Factors?

Posted 01.23.2012 | Miami

Despite news that Miami-Dade County 16% more A-ranked schools than it did last year and admirable reading and math skills, the district as a whole did...

Complex New Florida Teacher Evaluations Tied To Student Test Scores

| Laura Isensee and Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 01.07.2012 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. At Coral Reef Senior High, calculus teacher Orlando Sarduy understands complicated formu...

Tough Love: Mom Makes Son Stand On Corner, Wear Sign With GPA

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

If taking away your kid's cellphone or other privileges doesn't work as punishment, a Tampa Bay, Fla. mom recommends public embarrassment. Ronda Ho...

Florida's Education Forward! Summit: Moving the Dialogue a Step Forward

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Florida's public education challenges are approaching us now with hurricane force. In fact, those in the education profession might describe it as a Category 5 storm.

The (Other) Palm Beach Story: Feds & States Tinkering with Education Get Unplanned Results

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Ross

WARNING: Severe Reality Curve! This cautionary tale may be unsuitable for the Obama Administration's Department of Education and state legislatures en...

Obama's Big Educational Goals Translate Into Republican Retaliation Against Teacher Union in Florida

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The answers to improving education have to be holistic, and local. President Obama's good intentions of setting a tone unfortunately will not translate into more success until we deal with the whole puzzle.