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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.

Too Good Teachers

Phu Nguyen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Phu Nguyen

I am not ashamed to admit my lack of knowledge at the time and now because it doesn't mean I'm stupid. It means no one bothered to teach me a lot of basics because they assumed I already knew them.

Palm Beach County: Strong Schools, Strong Community

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

The Palm Beach County school district is known for educational excellence -- a reputation that didn't happen by chance!

Will a Florida County's Bold Decision to Opt Out of State Testing Catch Fire?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Imagine schools where children were tested every three or four years, at transition points, as in the world's top-performing nations. Imagine schools where teachers wrote their own tests and used their professional judgment.

Rick Scott Unveils New Education Initiatives To Calm Common Core Critics

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug 25 (Reuters) - Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, unveiled two new education initiati...

Florida Lawmaker Says Common Core Will Turn Kids Gay

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Common Core standards are a divisive topic in education circles, but one Florida lawmaker is taking his anti-Common Core message to a new level. ...

Florida Gets Rid Of The Common Core...Kinda

Reuters | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 12 (Reuters) - Three education bills designed to push back against what conservative Republic...

Florida Lawmakers Ambush Education

Ghazala Salam | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Ghazala Salam

Today, over 400,000 American Muslims constituents across the State of Florida are fighting a decisive battle against ignorance, intolerance and indifference in the Florida State Legislature. Sen. Hays has placed a special burden on our legislators to negotiate complex issues brought on by SB 864.

Miami Lawmakers Want 'Gender-Seperate' Schools In Florida

Posted 11.19.2013 | Miami

Two Miami-Dade legislators are hoping to split some Florida elementary schools into boys-only and girls-only classes. HB313, filed by Florida Rep...

Why Everyone Should Learn From One Florida School District

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 11.05.2013 | Miami

MIAMI -- MIAMI (AP) — One of the nation's largest school districts has reached an agreement with law enforcement agencies and the NAACP to reduce th...

Florida Rep. Makes Shocking Comments About Lesbian Moms

Posted 10.11.2013 | Miami

Tuesday a Florida republican equated lesbian mothers and drug abusers, labeling both "dysfunctional" and "atypical" households that get in the way of ...

Which Florida University Has The Most Successful Grads?

Posted 10.11.2013 | Miami

There are myriad ways Florida could judge the performance of its 11 state universities. This year, the Board of Governors focused on how each of t...

How University of Miami Students Are Combatting the Florida Education System One Project at a Time

Layla Haidrani | Posted 12.07.2013 | Miami
Layla Haidrani

As Senator Dwight Bullard effectively highlighted in a visit to University of Monday this week: 'we are putting a band aid to a larger problem; why are we applying that principle to education?'

Florida Colleges Drop Basic Skills Requirements

Sun Sentinel | Scott Travis | Posted 11.24.2013 | Miami

Colleges are opening their doors a little wider, no longer requiring new students to have certain skill levels in reading, writing and math. Starting...

Mystery Illness Prompts School Closure, Sanitization, Investigation

Sun Sentinel | ADAM SACASA | Posted 11.22.2013 | Miami

Keep your children home if they are too sick for school. That's what the Broward School District is reminding parents to do after more than 300 Manat...

And The Best University In Florida Is...

Vanessa Martin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Miami

The results are in. Since here in Florida we're all about rivalries, U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" rankings for 2014, can only...

Why Is He Having A Private Meeting With Bush?

Tampa Bay Times | Kathleen McGrory and Steve Bousquet | Posted 10.30.2013 | Miami

As Gov. Rick Scott dines in private in Miami to discuss education with former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, it's worth recall...

Top GOP Donor's School Got Special Treatment

AP | TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett built his national star by promising to hold "failing" schools acco...

Dire Report Card For Our Schools

Posted 09.25.2013 | Miami

The Florida Department of Education released grades for the state's elementary and middle schools Friday morning, and the outlook doesn't look good fo...

Florida Admits School Grades Aren't Accurate

Sun Sentinel | Scott Travis | Posted 09.15.2013 | Miami

Florida's public school grades, highly anticipated by parents as a way to measure quality, are no longer an accurate barometer of how well or how poor...

Teacher Used In Controversial Rick Scott Ad: 'It's Inappropriate'

The Tampa Tribune | William March | Posted 09.09.2013 | Miami

A least some candidates for Florida Teacher of the Year didn't realize the video interviews they gave during a reception at the governor's mansion wou...

LOOK: Florida College Sign Misspells State's Name -- TWICE

Posted 09.01.2013 | Miami

We now know where to get off I-95 for a first-class education: "Flordia." As first reported by WOKV, a large green interstate sign intended for in...

Florida Isn't Smart Enough

Florida Trend | Mark Howard | Posted 08.19.2013 | Miami

Florida, with the nation's fourth-largest economy, has about 18,600 Ph.D. scientists and engineers in its public and private sectors combined. That's ...

Judge Bans Student From PUBLIC Schools

Posted 05.13.2013 | Crime

The Duval County Public School District in Florida says Circuit Court Judge Henry Davis cannot ban a 14-year-old girl from every public school in the ...

Audio Recordings Shed Light On Florida Teacher Scandal

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting/StateImpact Florida | Trevor Aaronson and John O’Connor | Posted 05.13.2013 | Miami

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida have obtained internal emails and a recording of a company meeting that provide...