| May 29, 2013
| 8:34 AM
Third graders who got bad news about FCAT reading scores Friday will soon be offered a chance to attend a summer "reading camp."
Florida's school districts must offer these reading-focused summer schools to students who failed the third-grade FCAT...
| May 24, 2013
| 10:43 AM
More than half of the third graders in Broward and Palm Beach counties are performing at or above grade level in math and reading, according to FCAT results released today by the Florida Department of Education.
But this year, these scores might not...
| May 24, 2013
| 10:27 AM
No one can accuse Gov. Rick Scott of failing to stay on message.
In January, he announced he wanted money in the budget for teacher raises. And ever since, he seems not to have missed a single a chance to plug them.
To that point, this morning his...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 2:10 PM
Interested in designing a solar race car? Or working in the Everglades or the environment?
At South Plantation High School students leaning toward the study of environmental science and technology can apply for the college-preparatory Environmental...
| Dec 29, 2012
I celebrated the news that Commissioner Gerard Robinson had resigned. It's going to take the Board of Education a long time to clean up the mess he left behind.
I pray Florida will choose a successor who will take into account the views of school...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 11:17 AM
McDonald's restaurants will offer a free hot breakfast to Florida public school students in grades 3 through 11 taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) on Monday, April 15.
New this year, Miami-Dade and Broward county teachers can get...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 3:11 PM
How can teacher greatness be measured?
In Florida, by a formula that makes Einstein's Theory of Relativity look like child's play.
"It looks like hieroglyphics," said Debra Wilhelm, president of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association....
| Mar 30, 2013
| 4:35 AM
Freebie Friday morphs into Shopping Saturday! That means our Easter edition of our fabulous freebie free-for-all goes coupon crazy so you can save at all your fave stores. We also have dining deals and fun things to do so you can keep on saving right...
| May 13, 2013
| 7:03 AM
The effort to hammer out new, statewide rules for how to use value-added test score data in teacher evaluations will take longer than planned.
That is not surprising, the Florida Department of Education said, as officials knew that the Legislature could...
| May 15, 2013
| 6:51 AM
Florida plans to retire most FCAT exams and replace them with new tests aligned to the new Common Core standards. The switch, set for the 2014-15 school year, has been in the works since at least 2010 -- but now just what tests the state will switch to...
| May 10, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Last month, I wrote about some of the nonsensical testing scenarios for kids with profound disabilities. ("Florida's test-obsessed style of education hits disabled families hard.")
And people responded in spades -- parents, teachers, families of...