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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The Education Budget Is Out: New Story, Same Old Victims.

The Department of Education budget blueprint was announced yesterday.  It was very predictable and low-income students are the ones at risk. Let’s break it down: Poor Kids Just Lost Extra Help and Teachers Lost Some Trainings $13 Billion dollars are being cut mainly from afterschool and summer programs.  FYI, these after school programs provide much needed variation in learning through smaller group student […]

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On The Way To School Choice the DOE Just Kicked Over All The Signs Parents Need To Choose Schools

The Department of Education (DOE) no longer requires each school to report one overall score or rating of their performance, and as a parent I feel cheated. Why?  Because there was no replacement offered to give parents an easy way of knowing how our schools are doing. It’s fine if the new DOE administration doesn’t feel the method of single-rating is useful to […]

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Broward Schools Just Built Some Really Big Walls to Keep Immigrant Kids IN.

Oh, so we are doubling down on immigration enforcement officers and cutting federal funding to sanctuary cities?  But don’t worry.  This only applies to the “bad guys.” Really??? There has been a suspicious drop in schools attendance of our Hispanic students in Palm Beach and Broward.  And, last month, one of our high school students told his teacher […]

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Broward Will Protect All Children, No Matter What the Feds Say.

Are the problems transgender youth face considered a civil rights issue? Our previous and current administrations definitely disagree on whether Title IX applies to transgender students.  Title IX is the federal law banning discrimination, based on sex, in educational institutions that get federal funding. Last week, the Trump administration pulled back guidance issued by the Obama team to public schools on bathroom access for transgender students. The previous Obama […]

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It’s Tuesday, And You Should Know…

Oh, what a week!  Today’s is the anti-blog post. Monday was as all Monday’s are…hectic.  Which is why this to-go-weekly-heads-up on education comes to the palm of your hand on a Tuesday.  It also gives you time to DO something before Friday. But, this week I’m not sure how productive I will be before Friday.  I may sulk, […]

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