FSBA #FridayFive – Week of Feb. 1, 2016

1. What does a public health emergency due to Zika Virus mean?:  https://www.yahoo.com/health/florida-zika-public-health-emergency-140738703.html 2. More rigorous tests help to close “Honesty Gap”:  http://achieve.org/files/Proficient%20vs%20Prepared%202.pdf 3. Paper test takers scored higher than online test takers:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/02/04/report-kids-who-took-common-core-test-online-scored-lower-than-those-who-used-paper/ 4. US elementary and secondary education revenues and expenditures reported: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015303.pdf 5. Heard about micro schools?:  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/01/27/micro-schools-could-be-new-competition-for.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1-RM

Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus. In 2014, chikungunya, a virus spread by the same species of mosquito as Zika, infected a million people in the Caribbean. While 452 travel-related cases were documented in Florida…

Local Florida districts offer specifics to counter lawmaker school construction cost claims

On Monday, the Florida superintendents association issued a statement accusing the House Education Appropriations subcommittee of using inaccurate information to paint school districts as poor stewards of taxpayer dollars when it comes to school construction costs. It’s one thing to say it. It’s another to back up the statement. And on Tuesday, districts began releasing…

Florida superintendents fear threat to capital outlay tax revenue

Florida superintendents are going on defense to protect their locally generated tax revenue that’s dedicated to school maintenance, construction and other capital projects. The district leaders, who have met the past three days in Tallahassee, are growing increasingly concerned that state lawmakers will target the tax as a source of regular revenue for charter schools.…

FSBA #FridayFive – Week of Jan. 25, 2016

1.  US DOE warns states of test opt-outs:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/01/28/u-s-education-department-threatens-to-sanction-states-over-test-opt-outs/ 2.  Potential governance change to Florida school districts: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article56148045.html 3.  SAT redesigned: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/01/22/463635963/a-history-of-the-sat-in-four-questions 4.  OneNote add-ons could be game changers:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanshapiro/2016/01/25/learning-tools-for-microsoft-onenote-may-be-one-of-the-most-disruptive-education-technologies-yet/#795f3d375352 5.  Hand writing aids learning:  http://www.businessinsider.com.au/handwriting-helps-you-learn-2014-12