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LEROY COLLINS INSTITUTE RELEASES STUDY ON FLORIDA CHARTER SCHOOLS

A new report, which can be accessed through the news article, is a bit of a “mixed bag” of finding on Florida’s public charter schools.

From: Capital Soup
Published February 6, 2020

The Leroy Collins Institute today released a study on Florida’s charter schools that analyzes the trends in racial and economic diversity, accountability, innovation, and transparency, and provides recommendations for how Florida charter schools can improve.

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FLORIDA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FORMALLY SIGNS OFF  ON THE END OF COMMON CORE STANDARDS

It official! The State Board of Education has approved the implementation the new B.E.S.T. State Student Standards 

From ClickOrlando.com

By: Ezzy Castro   February 12, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Common Core has been officially removed from classrooms in Florida. On Wednesday, The Board of Education approved new standards for English Language Arts and math called Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking.

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Have input on Florida’s school standards? Better be quick.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to consider adoption on Feb. 12, while a related testing bill hits the House today.
From Tampa Bay Times
By Jeffrey S. Solochek on February 4, 2020

Angling to stick to a set time frame, the Florida Board of Education has scheduled Feb. 12 as the date it intends to consider adoption of the state’s proposed new academic standards.

That’s just two weeks after the Department of Education unveiled the detailed documents, which number 216 pages for math and 220 pages for language arts, and just three weeks after Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled the overview to eliminating Common Core with the message “mission accomplished.”

Bills to implement some of the governor’s related testing recommendations also are moving ahead. One is up for consideration in its first House committee this morning.

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Here's what US schools are doing in response to the coronavirus

From CNBC
By Sunny Kim on February 3, 2020


KEY POINTS
Some schools across the country have canceled student trips and exchange programs to China as the coronavirus spreads.

Others are asking students who have traveled to the region not to attend classes.

As concerns over the coronavirus mount, some U.S. school districts have canceled Chinese student exchange programs to alleviate fears in the community. Since the first outbreak of the new virus reported in Wuhan, China, in late December, the virus has spread both locally and overseas,sickening about 17,400 people across the globe and killing at least 362. There have been 11 cases in the United States so far.

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Casey DeSantis announces new education initiatives in Tallahassee

From FLAPOL   

By Sarah Mueller on January 24, 2020

Public school students across the state could soon begin using digital apps to help learn to read and do Math.

Education technology company Age of Learning is offering to let school districts use two of their digital apps from its online learning program, one for reading and one for Math, for free, as part of a pilot program for pre-k through 2nd graders.

First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the pilot program Friday morning at the Leon County Public Library. She said the Mastering Math app is designed to teach children to recognize numbers and to start learning addition and subtraction. The Mastering Reading app helps kids learn to read on their own.

“What I really love about this technology is that it provides students the ability to learn how to read even if unfortunately they do not have the help of an adult,” she said. “It is something that is self-guided.”

Age of Learning CEO Paul Candland said the company is well known for their ABCmouse products, but what they’re bringing to Florida is the next generation.

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