Will Your Child Feel The Changes Of 2017 Schools?

It is done! The big education budget decisions are made and will now be put in motion. Some of us are happy, and some…not so much. Florida’s teaching profession will continue to suffer because salary raises are not going to happen this year. But families who have been locked in failing schools have new hope to break free from chronic underperformance.  Charter […]

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Opting Out Of Third-Grade Test Is Bad, Passing Third Graders Who Can’t Read Is Worse

by Lane Wright, editor at Education Post, a nonprofit fostering better conversation for better education. If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on in the case of the Opt-Out moms versus the state of Florida, it’s that Michelle Rhea’s daughter can read just fine. Last year, Florida education officials said she needed to be […]

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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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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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Education Department Wants to Trim the Fat on Those Crazy Useless After School Programs

President #45’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, proposes cutting $1.2 billion of funding for afterschool and summer programs because there is “no demonstrable evidence they are actually helping [academic] results.”  Logically, he explains, after school programs are an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars. Think again. As a parent of two, a taxpayer and a 16-year veteran of running after school and […]

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