Pam Stewart, the interim education commissioner chosen after Tony Bennett’s abrupt resignation in August, has been officially hired as Bennett’s successor.
In the wake of conservative complaints that the nationwide “common core” standards could be the first step toward a federal takeover of schools, a Republican lawmaker has filed a bill meant to stop the initiative in Florida.
With Florida’s public-school system facing major questions, state officials are gathering in Clearwater for a hastily-arranged, three-day summit to address pending issues.
Florida Governor Rick Scott will assemble education leaders for a summit next week to give the in-flux school system some direction, the governor’s office announced Thursday.
Despite new higher academic standards, Florida’s high school students rose to the challenge in 2012, with 231 high schools getting an A grade, up from 148 in 2011. The Florida Department of Education released the preliminary results on Friday.
Less 48 hours after Gerard Robinson abruptly resigned, the State Board of Education named the education commissioner’s short-term replacement.
Florida is one of three states named in a new report as having “significant issues” meeting plans for Race to the Top school grant money.