| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:04 PM
An Orange County charter school that sent a letter threatening dismissal for students who failed FCAT said late Thursday that the "poorly written" document led to a "misinterpretation" of the school principal's goals. Cornerstone Charter Academy did not...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 6:15 AM
Former Gov. Charlie Crist will be a guest this weekend on "Orlando Matters." Crist will discuss whether he's running for governor in 2014. Keith Landry hosts the program at 7 a.m. Saturday on WRBW-Channel 65.
In other local public-affairs programming...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Florida plans by the end of March to pick a new series of standardized tests that will replace most FCAT, and some end-of-course, exams in 2015. But as state leaders worry about FCAT's replacement, some parents worry more about what they call Florida's...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:58 PM
We teach kids a lot in public schools.
Courses are offered in everything from calculus to sex ed.
One thing we still don't teach our children?
How to balance a checkbook. How to create a household budget. How to invest in stocks and manage a 401(k)....
| Oct 13, 2013
First of two parts.
How many times have you heard what follows from the Lake County School Board?
We don't have the money to bus children to school. The district can't put aides in big classes because there's no funding. We have no cash for teacher...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 9:51 AM
The State Board of Education next week is to vote again on a "safety net" for school grades, this time for one that would extend the controversial measure through 2014.
Another vote -- following one that divided the board in July -- is needed for two...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:28 AM
Common Core may be the most controversial education issue you know nothing about. It's been trashed on radio talk shows and touted in speeches, and it will be the subject of three public hearings across the state this month. Yet 55 percent of parents...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:39 AM
There are a lot of things I love about you. The winter weather. The splendor of your marshes and coastlines. The diversity of culture.
But I'll be honest. When it comes to education, you pretty much blow chunks.
In our schools, the...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 6:21 PM
Without a last-minute safety net, Central Florida's annual school report card would have been much uglier, with 13 more F-rated schools — including a first-ever in Seminole County — and two dozen more D's.
But an "emergency" action by the...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 5:56 AM
Gov. Rick Scott's Common Core test announcement on Monday was a confusing one. He repeated criticisms of Common Core standards but then seemed to stand behind them, and he said in a press release that Florida was withdrawing from a multi-state, Common...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 5:59 PM
In a major about-face, Florida may scrap its plan to administer a national high-stakes test, opting instead to devise one that is more Florida-centric.
The potential move, announced Monday through an executive order by Gov. Rick Scott, could affect...