Black Student Suspension Rates In the South
Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education / University of Pennsylvania

Black students in the south get suspended more frequently than their peers in Northern or Western States. Georgia and Florida lead the pack,  according to a report from the University of Pennsylvania.

Florida’s public university governing board has approved a work plan for Florida A&M University but some board members are concerned the goals are still too low. At least one member is openly questioned whether FAMU’s goal to serve low-income students is obsolete.

A review of Florida’s new statewide exam has found the test is valid to use in school grades and teacher evaluations. But the news isn’t sitting well with local school districts, who remain skeptical of the Florida Standards Assessment.

U.S. Department of Education Via Flikr / WFSU News

Despite a 20-year history Florida charter schools continue to be a sore subject. The schools continue to be plagued by high-profile failures, and ongoing fights between charters and traditional schools over funding.  It’s a similar story in Georgia, where state education officials say new changes in rules could result in more charter closures.

Florida’s charter schools are pushing for a dedicated construction funding source. The state now has nearly 700 charters across the state, but  a major charter school proponent says the schools are struggling to sustain themselves.