Somebody literally needs to ask Governor Ron DeSantis this question: Can you give me an example of a specific standard, or maybe a few examples, that highlight the problem you’re trying to solve? My guess? He can’t. I’m not sure anyone can based on the rhetoric I hear about Common Core. DeSantis says he’s listening […]
Lane Wright is the Director of Policy Analysis at Education Post, a national education nonprofit focused on improving schools. Lane tells stories that help families understand how their schools are doing, how to make them better, and how policy plays a role. He’s a former journalist, former press secretary to Florida’s governor, and has worked exclusively in education policy since 2013.
During his career he’s interviewed teachers, students, and local school leaders. He’s spent time watching them work in the classroom and helped them raise their voices on issues they care about. He’s also helped parents advocate—in the news, and before lawmakers—for a better education for their own kids.
Lane is the father of three children who attend (or will soon attend) public school in Tallahassee.
Recent Posts by Lane Wright
Schools Are Not Churches and Corcoran Is Not The Devil
Did you hear? Florida has just hired a fox to guard the public school henhouse and the newspapers are lamenting the impending death of “public education” in the Sunshine state. If you’re confused, or if you’re simply not so melodramatic, all they’re saying is that the former Speaker of the House, Richard Corcoran, just got […]
Is Florida’s Election Fiasco a Teachable Moment?
It’s probably too early in the process to really know what all the lessons will be from Florida’s latest election mishaps. But I know one thing for sure. Young voters and soon-to-be voters are paying attention. After the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, students showed up in force to […]
What Andrew Gillum Really Thinks About School Choice
This post originally appeared on Sunshine State News If you care about school choice in Florida, watch out for Andrew Gillum. In the debate last week, Gillum told the moderator he is not looking to defund charter schools. “I’m not proposing any change to the current status quo,” he said before quickly pivoting to the […]
More Proof Florida Schools Are On The Right Track
Last night I was up way too late checking Twitter when I noticed a tweet from Florida’s education department. Great News, Florida! Quality Counts has ranked Florida 4th in the nation for K-12 student achievement! We are so proud of the work our educators and students are doing in the classroom. 😁📚 #FLedu Find out […]
Ron DeSantis May “Monkey This Up,” But Is He Racist?
If you ask Twitter, Republican Ron DeSantis is obviously a racist. In a Fox News interview after his primary win Tuesday night, he said Andrew Gillum, the black nominee for governor on the Democratic ticket, was “articulate,” but that Florida doesn’t need to “Monkey this up.” That's not a dog whistle. Or a human whistle […]
Florida Needs Another Path For Charter Schools
This post appeared originally on The Capitolist. Amendment 8 may not be on the ballot come November, but we can’t ignore the issue it was trying to address. Charter schools have a legitimate place in our state. They’re written into our laws because they give families a public-school option (and hope) when their zoned school […]
Florida’s Poorest Students Are Among the Nation’s Highest Achieving, So Why Won’t DeVos Approve Their 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 […]
Miami Bolsters School Safety With First New Officers Since Parkland Shooting
Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department just swore in seven new officers, Tuesday. As this article from CBS Miami states, these officers are the first to join the force since the February 14 mass murder at in Parkland, Florida. But they were not brought in as part of Florida’s new law to increase safety in our […]
The Best High-Poverty Public Schools in Florida – 2018
Florida’s department of education judges schools on an A-F scale. But not all As are created equal. I’m not trying to take anything away from higher-income areas, but it’s not as hard to help rich and middle class kids succeed in school as it is to help students from poor families. And historically, low-income students, […]