Today's news -- March 26, 2014

 


State Senate waters down charter school bill

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday gutted a controversial education proposal aimed at creating a more favorable environment for charter schools. The original bill, filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, sought to require school districts and charter schools to use a standard contract developed by the state. SB 1528 also would have required local school districts to make unused facilities available to charter schools, and awarded special privileges to high-performing charter schools. But Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg, R-Trinity, filed an amendment removing all of that language, and instead creating a process for administrative law judges to hear disputes over charter school contracts. Legg also added a provision stating that a charter school cannot remove a student against his or her wishes unless the child has violated the school's code of conduct. Sen. Bill Montford, a Tallahassee Democrat and CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, had been advocating for a similar measure. Montford said he knew of several charter schools that had withdrawn children for poor academic performance or bad behavior. In November, the Herald/Times reported that an Orlando-area charter school had threatened to dismiss students for failing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests. "If there are some out that that adhere to those practices, this will stop that," Montford said. It's too early in the session to predict what will happen to the charter school proposal. Even though the model contract is no longer in the Senate version, it doesn't mean the language is off the table entirely. The House version, which won approval in the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday despite concerns from Democrats, still includes the model-contract and space-sharing provisions.  The Senate version has two more stops. But the Legg amendment, coupled with Sen. Bill Galvano's decision to pull his controversial voucher bill last week, sends a strong message to the House: the upper chamber does not want any controversial education bills this session. 

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/state-senate-waters-down-charter-school-bill/2171802

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=36971065

http://www.postonpolitics.com/2014/03/weatherfords-massive-expansion-of-school-choice-faces-double-trouble/

http://bobsidlethoughtsandmusings.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/florida-legislature-has-no-business-telling-school-boards-how-to-negotiate-contracts/

 

Florida’s most obvious charter school conflict of interest to date

http://bobsidlethoughtsandmusings.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/floridas-most-obvious-charter-school-conflict-of-interest-to-date/

 

Adkins’ false testimony on Common Core and raw hypocrisy on accountability (Andy Ford quoted)
http://bobsidlethoughtsandmusings.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/janet-adkins-false-testimony-on-common-core-and-raw-hypocricy-on-accountability/

 

Walton teachers’ union stands firm in pay talks (Sandra Butler quoted)
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local/walton-teachers-union-stands-firm-in-pay-talks-1.296096

http://www.wmbb.com/story/25073864/walton-county-teachers-union

 

Pasco teachers union files complaint against district over planning time (Lynne Webb quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/teachers/pasco-teachers-union-files-complaint-against-district-over-planning-time/2171817

 

State won't fine Lake for violating class-size law (Mark Pudlow quoted)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/os-lake-class-size-violations-no-fine-20140325,0,2394884.story

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/os-lk-no-fine-class-size-lauren-ritchie-20140326,0,4396567.column (NEA mentioned)

“Slam dunk” approval for school tax in Sarasota
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20140325/ARTICLE/140329762/2055/NEWS?Title=UPDATE-Slam-dunk-approval-for-school-tax

 

Stealth vouchers

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/mar/25/letter-stealth-vouchers/

 

False choice: Vouchers Will Destroy Public Education

http://russonreading.blogspot.com/2014/03/false-choice-vouchers-will-destroy.html

 

Florida Tax Watch calls for reconsideration of class size amendment

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-tax-watch-calls-for-reconsideration-of-class-size-amendment/2171826

 

Hays' textbook proposal draws criticism

http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/article_a7ef3926-1e81-5080-b1f5-1163699d31ef.html

 

Education success touted in Florida, but some say not so fast

http://voxxi.com/2014/03/25/common-core-success-touted-in-florida/.UzKtXjGOEH0.twitter

 

Why computer-scored essays could eliminate the need for writing tests

http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/03/25/why-computer-scored-essays-could-eliminate-the-need-for-writing-tests/

 

Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled -- now

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/25/why-teachers-salaries-should-be-doubled-now/?wprss=rss_AllWPStoriesandBlogs&Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost&clsrd

 

Trying to close a knowledge gap, word by word

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/us/trying-to-close-a-knowledge-gap-word-by-word.html

 

The new extremists in education debate

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/25/the-new-extremists-in-education-debate/

 

Billionaire donates $750,000 to end teacher tenure in Missouri
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/01/04/missouri-billionaire-donates-750000-to-end-teacher-tenure/

 

Florida “DREAMers” deserve in-state tuition

http://contextflorida.com/daniel-tilson-florida-dreamers-deserve-in-state-tuition/

 

Political campaign work might soon qualify for Bright Futures scholarship

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/mar/25/political-campaign-work-bright-futures-scholarship/

 

State gives mystery project a nearly $21 million boost

http://www.politicalfixflorida.com/2014/03/25/state-gives-mystery-project-magellan-a-nearly-21-million-boost/

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20140326/BUSINESS/303260020

 

Abandon court-packing amendment

http://www.theledger.com/article/20140326/COLUMNISTS0309/140329431/1001/business?Title=Abandon-Court-Packing-Amendment-

 

Federal official: Key part of Florida unemployment system still doesn't work

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/us-official-key-part-of-florida-unemployment-system-still-doesnt-work/2171919

 

Feds to extend sign-up period for insurance

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/us/politics/obama-administration-extends-health-enrollment-for-some.html

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/hhs-extends-obamacare-enrollment

 

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