Study: Florida’s education system is a lot better than you probably think

The Sunshine State’s education system ranked right in the middle of the nation, according to a new WalletHub study.  Florida came in at No. 26 — between South Dakota and Ohio.  To determine which states had the best — and worst — education systems, WalletHub analyzed 25 key factors of a state’s education system including…

School grades: How much do they matter?

Florida issued its annual batch of school grades last month. Each elementary, middle and high school got an A, B, C, D or F.  Those grades certainly matter if a school consistently earns a D or an F. According to state law, such low performers risk being closed, converted to charter schools or turned over…

Sparks Fly over Education Amendment in State Supreme Court

One group, describing itself as the “framers” of an education constitutional amendment, was largely appointed by former Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. Another group was appointed by 1990s-era Republican legislative leaders.  But two decades after the groups served together on the 1997-1998 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, they are clashing in the state Supreme Court. The root…

Former Florida Supreme Court chief justice: Amendment 8 ‘misleading,’ ‘deceptive’

It’s still a long way to November, when voters will be asked to vote up or down on 13 proposed amendments to the state constitution. But only a few so far have generated as much debate as Amendment 8, a measure that is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters. Read…

To Stop School Shootings, Fla. Will Merge Government Data, Social Media Posts

As part of their efforts to prevent school shootings, Florida lawmakers mandated the creation of a centralized database that will combine individual-level records from the state’s law-enforcement and social-services agencies with information from people’s personal social media accounts.  The provision, tucked within the 105-page law passed in March following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas…

Congress Sends Career-Technical Education Bill to President Trump

Congress passed a bipartisan overhaul of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act on Wednesday and sent it for signature to President Donald Trump, who has made career and technical education, or CTE, a priority for his administration.  The $1.1 billion program, last reauthorized in 2006, provides funding for job training and related…

Florida TaxWatch presses for focus on school leadership, role of principals

Florida TaxWatch, the non-profit that calls out legislative “turkey” spending each year, is promoting an education agenda that would focus on the important role that school principals play in academic success.  For the past six years, the group has recognized principals whose schools, which serve low-income children, have accomplished test scores that exceeded expectations. Read More…

Judge sets hearing on education amendment

A Leon County circuit judge will hear arguments Aug. 17 in a dispute about a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for changes in the state’s education system.  Judge John Cooper on Monday scheduled the hearing in the lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Florida, which is trying to keep the constitutional amendment…

Amendment 8 intentionally misleads voters

If you want an education in political flimflam, one needs to look no farther than Amendment 8, School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools. Commonly referred to as the education amendment, it will be on the November 6 ballot along with 12 other constitutional amendments. Read More