Lawmakers have 2 months to redraw congressional maps

TALLAHASSEE — Pointing to a time crunch, a Leon County circuit judge has given the Florida Legislature little more than two months to draw new congressional districts and to defend them in court. Judge George S. Reynolds III issued an order Wednesday that said a special legislative session to redraw districts and a subsequent trial…

NSBA Applauds Lawmakers for Promising Movement Toward No Child Left Behind Rewrite

Alexandria, Va. (July 7, 2015) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends the U.S. Congress for taking up the outdated No Child Left Behind law. As debate commenced today for floor action of the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), NSBA sent a letter to all 100 U.S. Senators urging their strong support for moving forward on a final…

What Jobs Skills Are Florida Students Learning?

Earlier this week we told you about AMskills, a program bringing German-style apprenticeships to Tampa-area students. Another way Florida has tried to help school prepare students for jobs is the Career and Professional Education Act. The law helps businesses create academies within public schools to train students and help them earn professional certifications. Those certifications…

Florida schools on track to receive Digital Classrooms money despite veto

Information the Florida Department of Education recently sent to school district superintendents indicates that the state will distribute $60 million in Digital Classrooms improvement funds despite Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of a “gap analysis” that lawmakers had requested occur before the money is delivered. At least one lawmaker questioned whether the veto negatively affected the…