| Apr 23, 2014
| 1:26 PM
SunRail, FCAT testing and Tallahassee politics will be topics for local public-affairs programs this weekend.
SunRail is explored by Greg Warmoth on "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on WFTV-Channel 9. His guests are Noranne Downs,...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 8:33 AM
Florida school districts are encouraged to create more single-gender schools, under a bill the Florida Senate passed today. The bill, approved last month by the House, wants schools with boys-only or and girls-only classes to be open to interested...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
MIAMI -- When my youngest son graduated from Coral Reef High School -- the very same school President Obama recently visited to talk about education -- I breathed a sigh of relief that probably echoed throughout the auditorium in which his cap-and-...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 6:56 AM
The Florida Senate this week altered a proposed plan that would have made it simpler for severely disabled students to skip state testing. The change has upset Ethan Rediske's mother, Andrea. The Orlando mother has been fighting to make testing exemptions...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 12:06 PM
TALLAHASSEE – A plan to further expand Florida’s school-voucher program on Wednesday was stripped of the actual “expansion” in the cap on how much tax money could be used to support low-income students in private schools.
| Apr 11, 2014
| 10:13 AM
Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test, also known as the FCAT, isn't popular among many teachers and students in the Sunshine State, but one one teacher and his colleagues at a school in Palm Beach County is trying to change that.
With the help of...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 12:01 PM
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House passed a plan Friday to expand the state's school-voucher program, although it no longer raises the cap on how much tax money could be used to support low-income students in private schools.
Instead, the bill, HB...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 2:55 PM
Most of the FCAT will be replaced next year by exams that will rely less on multiple-choice questions and require students to write, show their work and display "higher-order thinking skills," the Florida Department of Education announced recently....
| Jan 13, 2014
| 8:41 AM
The Florida Department of Education Monday proposed 98 changes and additions to the Common Core standards -- currently being rolled out across schools.
The changes came after three public meetings on the standards and a month of gathering input online...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:19 PM
Standardized, a movie that argues testing is "ruining public education," will be shown in Orlando on Jan. 25 at a free screening open to the public. The movie features Rick Roach, an Orange County School Board member, who has been campaigning against...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:34 AM
Florida students taking the state's end-of-course exam in U.S. history this spring could find passing it tough. The state's proposed scoring plan predicts a more than 40 percent failure rate, if this year's test takers perform like last year's.
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:08 AM
In another effort to scrub the phrase "Common Core" from Florida's education landscape, a proposed bill in the Florida House deletes the words in favor of more generic, and less controversial, terms. The document scratches out "common core standards"...