Voucher program’s accountability cloudy

BY: Rich Christie Palm Beach Post| August 2, 2015   By most measures, one would consider Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program a success. After about 14 years, some 70,000 mostly low-income and minority students annually take advantage of vouchers that allow them the opportunity to attend any private school of their choice. And according to…

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‘Charter school district’ proposed – Superintendent wants greater flexibility to improve education

By Andrew Marra Palm Beach Post Staff Writer July 30, 2015| Palm Beach County’s schools chief wants permission from state lawmakers to convert the county’s public school system into a “charter school district,” a designation that could let him end-run state rules and drastically reorganize schools’ schedules, class sizes and instruction time. Superintendent Robert Avossa’s proposal…

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Florida Senate admits map it drew is unconstitutional

BY JEREMY WALLACE AND MARY ELLEN KLAS Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau July 28, 2015 | TALLAHASSEE After spending nearly three years and millions of dollars defending its redistricting map, the Florida Senate gave up the fight Tuesday as it conceded for the first time that the courts were going to find it violated the state constitution. Lawyers…

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Let schools use simpler alternatives to state tests

Orlando Sentinel |Opinion printed July 19, 2015 It’s a solution that would have pleased Henry David Thoreau, who urged, “Simplify, simplify.” Seminole County Public Schools had fits this spring administering Florida’s new standardized test. So Superintendent Walt Griffin wrote state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart on Monday to request her support for a simple, economical alternative…

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