Do school ‘reformers’ really believe in accountability? Let’s look at Florida.

Education policymakers today insist that teachers, principals and schools must be “held accountable.” You would assume, then, that they would take every opportunity to ensure that all students who are educated with public money take the all-important standardized  tests that are used as the chief accountability metric and that can determine how much educators are…

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 04-29-2014

TODAY’S HAPPENINGS In the Senate Session: Bills on 2nd Reading SB 790 – Education Technology by Legg – TEMPORARILY POSTPONED ON 2ND READING Providing the purpose for the Florida digital classrooms allocation; requiring the State Board of Education to adopt a Florida digital classrooms plan that establishes certain protocols, parameters, requirements, and digital tools; repealing…

NSBA develops guide for school boards on boasting student success through community partnerships

A new guide released today details how school board members can build partnerships to secure a high-quality education, from early learning to graduation, for students in their districts. “Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success,” demonstrates how school boards can work with other community partners to provide…

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Alert 04-28-2014

Today, HB 921 and its Senate companion SB 864 relating to Adoption of Instructional Materials will be considered on 2nd Reading by the full House of Representatives.  As we have reported, when these bills were originally filed, both would have repealed the state-level instructional materials review and adoption process and mandate, rather than authorize, the transfer…