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January 22, 2015

Fired Florida School Chief Still a Finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

MaryEllen Elia, the schools chief in Hillsborough County, Fla., was fired by the school board this week, days after she appeared in Washington as one of four finalists for national superintendent of the year.

January 21, 2015

Why Private Schools Are Opting Out of Voucher Programs

Regulation and maintaining independence are the primary reasons private schools choose not to participate in voucher or tax-credit scholarship programs, according to a new report

January 21, 2015

Two GOP Governors, Two Plans to Spend Big on Education in Florida and Nevada

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, wants more money for schools, even though voters rejected a ballot measure designed to increase K-12 spending last year.

January 20, 2015

Florida District Fires National Superintendent of the Year Finalist

The Hillsborough County, Fla., school board has ousted veteran schools chief MaryEllen Elia, triggering a $1.1 million buyout of her contract.

January 16, 2015

Parents, Educators, Anti-Testing Critics Attend 'Opt-Out' Conference

Critics of high-stakes standardized testing are gathering for a national conference this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

January 14, 2015

Not ALL School Lunches Look THAT Bad!

After posting Would You Eat These School Lunches, Peter DeWitt received many e-mails showing much better options. Patrick Floegel was one of those who wanted to show a different way to serve school food.

January 13, 2015

Florida Bill Would Pay Starting Teachers $50K

Last week Florida lawmaker Senator Darren Soto introduced a bill that would raise the minimum salary for teachers to $50,000 a year.

January 13, 2015

We Want to Give You a Choice of State Tests, Wis. Legislators Tell Districts

A Wisconsin bill backed by powerful state legislators would give schools a choice of certain state assessments. What are the complexities and consequences of that proposal?

January 09, 2015

It's That Time of Year: State Lawmakers Propose School Choice Bills

State lawmakers are revving up for their legislative sessions, and school choice-related bills are popping up, including a Wisconsin proposal to turn failing schools into charters.

January 07, 2015

The Silent Treatment: No-Flush Rule During Testing Irks Fla. Parents

"The whooshing water sounds from classroom bathrooms, they feared, might disturb test-taking classmates and send their focus, and their scores, spiraling down the drain."

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