Parents And Kids Are Counting On Florida To Be Brave!

The first round of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plans have been submitted to the feds. Florida is not one of them, opting to wait until the fall along with more than 30 other states. So far, every state’s plan looks different due to the new choice-buffet for student performance measurement. And, honestly, it’s making me crazy-anxious. Education Week covers […]

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Here’s Why Broward Superintendent Runcie Isn’t Too Worried About That Whole Trump/DeVos Thing

The superintendent of the 6th largest school district in the nation is always on-message. But, parents want to know the real deal on Robert Runcie’s priorities for leading Broward Schools. In our interview he was frank, undistracted and forthcoming on his agenda. From the challenges to change education, to his views on the new federal administration, he made no bones about public […]

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There Are College Tours, And Then There Are College Tours.

It’s Spring Break, and around the nation thousands of high school students are visiting colleges. For some, it’s a special rights of passage as their families have attended college for generations. For others, it’s the first time they have packed a suitcase or left their city. Whichever side of the narrative a teen is on, a college tour is more than seeing […]

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The Littlest Lady Wins the Biggest Prize- Elaine Saef, Broward Principal of the Year 2017

The leadership of a principal permeates the school building. Elaine Saef pours her heart and soul into Panther Run Elementary. And, when she finaled for 2017 Principal of the Year, about a third of the over 1000 guests came just to support her. Her win was a raucous celebration of love. “This school is family. Everyone is […]

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The ESSA School Bells Are Ringing and There’s No Sign of Florida

States begin submitting their plans for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) today, but I have no clue what’s happening with Florida’s. The ESSA plan tells the Department of Education (DOE) how we intend to measure student achievement and school performance. It is the roadmap for school accountability. And, Florida has a lot of latitude to change things. It’s unsettling to not know what my state is up […]

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The Education Long&Short of March 20th-March 31st

Faces of Education is a South Florida-based education conversation space where we share stories, information and opinions about how education happens all around us. Parents know it takes a village. Every two weeks we bring you bite-sized pieces of what’s going on. Here is the Long&Short of it: We dedicated a lot of digital real […]

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Choice Goes Virtual And May Never Go Back

17 year old Micah is a transplant from Trinidad. She’s in the 11th grade, a member of the National Honors Society and the President of Key Club. And, she attends Broward Virtual Schools (BVS) full time. Virtual school is just as it sounds; classrooms are transported virtually through the power of software and the internet […]

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Florida’s Vanishing Students and the Graduation Rate Scam

Last Wednesday, the Florida commissioner of education announced a statewide investigation. Some schools are allegedly manipulating their graduation rates by pushing struggling students, many in their senior year, to switch to alternative schools so they don’t drag down the school’s graduation statistics. If you don’t know, alternative schools exist to help students with behavioral issues, […]

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