Growing Pains For Florida’s Charter School Industry

Florida’s first charter school opened 20 years ago.  Since then, enrollment in these publicly funded, privately run schools has exploded.  Today, more than 250,000 students attend about 650 charter schools across the state and many of them are returning to school this week.  But the rapid growth has come with more than a few speed bumps. Read…

Ed. Dept: Schools Must Provide Behavioral Supports to Students Who Need Them

Students with disabilities who are frequently suspended from school may be missing out on the behavior supports they are entitled to, says new guidance released this week from the U.S. Department of Education.  The “Dear Colleague” letter on the Inclusion of Behavioral Supports in Individualized Education Programs noted that 10 percent of students with disabilities were subject to short-term…

FSBA #FridayFive – Week of August 1, 2016

FSBA #FridayFive – Week of August 1, 2016 – 5 Things You Should Know Supreme Court Blocks Rules On Transgender Virginia Student’s Bathroom School board member input critical to Regional Advisory Committees at the U.S. Department of Education survey US teachers get less training than leaders in world educ stats Where Florida ranks on school safety,…

Florida education commissioner chimes in on federal Every Student Succeeds Act

Days after closing the window on public input for Florida’s effort to implement new federal education accountability rules, state education commissioner Pam Stewart has sent her own views to U.S. Education Secretary John King.  In her seven-page letter, Stewart touts Florida’s existing system, and reminds the secretary that the federal government cannot force states to…

Principals Clamor for Inclusion in States’ ESSA Planning

The new federal K-12 education law contains the strongest requirements to date that states gather and weigh the opinions of principals, parents, and others as they create new education plans.  But whether states are practicing this kind of “meaningful consultation”—and particularly whether they are tapping the expertise of their principals — depends very much on…

Florida Commissioner of Education Comments on U.S. Department of Education Proposed ESSA Regulations

As the Commissioner of Education for Florida, I appreciate the flexibility afforded states by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to establish a workable, student-centric system of statewide accountability focused on increasing student achievement. The accountability mechanisms established under ESSA are comprehensive and considered. Read full commentary