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Florida Virtual School Faces Hard Times ~ Education Week

Florida Virtual School Faces Hard Times ~ Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Herold

summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The Florida Virtual School—the largest state-sponsored online K-12 school in the country—is facing troubled times, a sign of major policy shifts now reshaping the world of online education. On the heels of new state legislation aimed at containing costs and promoting competition among providers offering individual online courses to students, Florida Virtual School officials expect to see a 20 percent drop in state revenue this school year and announced this month that they have shed one-third of their workforce."

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Another PARCC Defection? This Time It's Florida | Tampa Bay Times

Another PARCC Defection? This Time It's Florida | Tampa Bay Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Cara Fitzpatrick

 

"Two of Florida's top elected officials sent a letter today to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett recommending that the state remove itself from testing associated with a transition to the new Common Core State Standards."

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Dominoes are falling left and right...

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Fla. Education Commissioner to Resign in Wake of Scandal | Education Week

Fla. Education Commissioner to Resign in Wake of Scandal | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A Florida education official says the state's education commissioner will resign because of allegations he changed a charter school's grade during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.
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This just in. OMG.

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Report: Grade changed for Republican donor Christel DeHaan's charter school | Indianapolis Star

Report: Grade changed for Republican donor Christel DeHaan's charter school | Indianapolis Star | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tom LoBianco

Summary by It's GOOD

 

"Assigning grades to schools according to standardized test scores is a cornerstone of the education reform movement. But the AP has discovered that when an Indianapolis charter run by a donor who's given over $2.8 million to Republicans scored poorly, former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett changed the school grading system so the charter would receive an A instead of a C. Bennett told staffers anything less than an A "compromises all of our accountability work."

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If this is accurate, what a terrible scandal. If it's not accurate, shame on the IndyStar. Image is of Tony Bennett.

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