Florida’s Poorest Students Are Among the Nation’s Highest Achieving, So Why Won’t DeVos Approve Their State Plan?

Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary, has yet to approve Florida's State Plan

It looks like the feds are having a hard time figuring out what to do with Florida. After California and Utah’s education plans were approved last week, Florida is now the only state that still hasn’t gotten the green light. Florida officials sent in their first attempt at the federally required school accountability plan back […]

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At KIPP Jacksonville, #CollegeSigningDay Starts in Fifth Grade

Student smiles on stage with administrators during College Signing Day At KIPP Jacksonville

This post originally appeared on Education Post One by one, 34 high school seniors walked across the stage set up in the gymnasium at KIPP Jacksonville’s campus. Whoops, screams and vigorous applause nearly drown out Pharrell’s “Happy” blasting through the speakers. They found their seats and looked out into a crowd of middle and elementary […]

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School Choice Is a Great Thing. Now, Parents Need Better Choices — and More of Them

(This post originally appeared on The 74) When the call came in two weeks ago, I thought it might be another spammer. I didn’t recognize the number, but I answered anyway. “Hello, is this Mr. Wright?” “Yes, this is Lane.” “Hi. I’m calling from the School of Arts and Sciences at the Centre location. I’m […]

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Choice for All Must Include Special-Needs Students

Teacher helps student Melanie Stetson Freeman—The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images

It seems like schools are always strapped for resources. They’re being asked to do more with less. The result: We get a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching that actually doesn’t fit most students at all, especially not the ones I work with. As a special education attorney, I help families, educators, and the students they represent […]

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Florida Lawmakers Say Pretending to Evaluate Teachers Is Vital to Fixing Schools

Teacher smiling with students

(Disclaimer: This is satire. To all those who think the politicians mentioned and quoted in the article below would actually admit to these realities, thank you for your faith in humanity.) Florida has a long, proud history of pretending to evaluate teachers and two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Rene Plasencia and Sen. Debbie Mayfield, say they’re […]

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