6:11 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Florida Nosedives In Newly-Revised National Education Rankings

Florida's public schools took a tumble in a major national educational ranking. Florida has fallen to number 28 in the nation.

Under Education Week’s new metrics, Florida’s grade went from a B-minus to a C: with the state taking a hit for having one of the lowest per-pupil spending rates in the nation. That’s despite education making up the second largest piece of the state budget.

The state did earn marks for student achievement.

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7:32 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Florida Lawmakers Take On Testing Debate


It’s now the Florida legislature’s turn to start weighing in on the state of testing in public schools.

Former Senate President and education appropriations committee chairman Don Gaetz wants to know how much the state spends on standardized testing. That’s a question which doesn’t have an easy answer, as captured in this exchange between Gaetz and the Department of Education’s Vince Burgess:

Gaetz: “You’re telling me the total cost of all assessments and tests required by the state is $90 million? That’s the all in cost?

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7:03 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Scott Eyes Graduate School Tuition For Price Cuts

An FSU student protests against tuition hikes. Florida lawmakers recently stopped letting the state university system governing board approve tuition increases at public universities.
Credit WFSU

After years of pushing to keep undergraduate tuition down at the state’s public colleges and universities, Governor Rick Scott is now targeting graduate degree programs.

The federal government says tuition now makes up the greater share of funding at public colleges and universities across the country. The same is true for Florida, where dollars paid by students are greater than the state’s funding to the schools.

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6:57 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

FLDOE: More Than 1,200 Students Using New Disability Learning Scholarships

There are now more than a thousand students who have tapped into Florida’s newest school choice program.

Lawmakers created a new program to help families of some disabled students pay for their education last year. In a presentation in the House Tuesday, the Florida Department of Education’s Adam Miller says enrollment has doubled.

“As of this morning we had 1,222 students that have received scholarships thus far. We have another couple hundred that are in the queue right now that we anticipate going out in the next couple of weeks.”

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12:29 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Judge Dismisses FEA Lawsuit Over Vouchers, Disabled Student Learning Accounts

Three moms with disabled children stand with former state Sen. Al Lawson and Goldwater Institute Attorney Clint Bolick on July 31st 2014.
Credit LHatter / WFSU News

A lawsuit over a new program that grants personal learning accounts to students with disabilities has been tossed out by a trial judge.

The Florida Education Association, a teacher’s union, sued the Florida legislature over a new law expanding the state’s existing corporate tax scholarship program, which critics call school vouchers.  FEA attorney Ron Meyer argued the way the legislature adopted the expansion—by attaching it at the last minute to a more popular program that sets up financial accounts for disabled students—violated state law:

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