| 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...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 10:04 AM
Florida should halt implementation of Common Core standards until the state holds public hearings on the academic benchmarks and does a financial analysis of the implementation's cost, says a Republican lawmaker from Vero Beach.
State Rep. Debbie...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:39 AM
There are a lot of things I love about you. The winter weather. The splendor of your marshes and coastlines. The diversity of culture.
But I'll be honest. When it comes to education, you pretty much blow chunks.
In our schools, the...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 1:28 PM
The Orange County school district has appealed the grades issued to two of its elementary schools, John Young and Richmond Heights. The two schools are the only ones in Central Florida that appealed to the state for a review of their A-to-F grades...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:58 PM
We teach kids a lot in public schools.
Courses are offered in everything from calculus to sex ed.
One thing we still don't teach our children?
How to balance a checkbook. How to create a household budget. How to invest in stocks and manage a 401(k)....
| Sep 17, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Pam Stewart was named Florida's education commissioner today, a post she had been filling on a temporary basis.
There had been "pressure building" for her appointment to become permanent, as superintendents and school administrators wanted stability in...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Florida plans by the end of March to pick a new series of standardized tests that will replace most FCAT, and some end-of-course, exams in 2015. But as state leaders worry about FCAT's replacement, some parents worry more about what they call Florida's...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 10:40 AM
Who will create Florida's next standardized test, the series of exams that will replace most of FCAT? We likely won't know until March, but by next week we should learn who wants to make the next generation of language arts and math tests to be given to...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 8:33 AM
Florida should stick with Common Core standards because they are a "choice for the better," a conservative think tank wrote in a letter to legislative leaders this week. And PARCC (an option for the Common Core tests that could replace FCAT) released more...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 6:08 AM
Florida is slated to release a report this week showing how its public school teachers did on their annual evaluations for last school year. Almost all Central Florida teachers -- 99 percent - did well, as we reported last month. The new report is to show...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:47 AM
Rick Roach, the Orange County School Board member on a campaign against high-stakes standardized testing, appears in a documentary on the subject that will premiere Saturday in Pennsylvania. The movie is Standardized, Lies, Money and Civil Rights: How...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:38 PM
As planned, Florida has advertised for companies that would like to provide the state's next generation of standardized tests, putting out an "intent to negotiate document" late last month. The new exams are to replace most of the Florida Comprehensive...