Harris Rosen gives college scholarships to Jones High 2017 graduates

Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  No truer words could be used to describe Orlando Hotelier Harris Rosen who recently told WDBO that he’s going to pay “room, board, tuition, books and everything” for each 2017 Jones High School senior accepted to a trade school, community college or 4-year public Florida…

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5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

  by: Anya Kamenetz |NPR ED | June 3, 2016 Have you ever seen a school data wall? In a struggling Newark, N.J., public school, I’ve seen bulletin boards showing the test scores of each grade compared with state averages. And in one in affluent Silicon Valley, I’ve seen smartboards that track individual students’ math…

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Failing our kids: 50% of all low-graduation schools are Virtual & Charter

A new report issued by Johns Hopkins University, Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic has found that charter, virtual and alternative schools are failing to graduate huge numbers of students compared to district schools. Lynn Hatter, WFSU notes: “Researchers found 52 percent of the nation’s low-graduation-rate high schools are charter, virtual and…

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School choice bill not about choice at all

by: Beth Kassab|Orlando Sentinel|April 20, 2016 School choice is already well established in Florida. Students who attend failing or very low performing schools can switch to a better school and even receive a stipend to help out with transportation expenses. Those “Opportunity Scholarships” have been around since 1999. Students with disabilities can transfer to public…

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