Superintendents want Florida to lead the nation in K-12 education. We are committed to establishing and enforcing high standards for every learner so that they can compete in a global market. We need legislation that will give us the financial resources and also remove the obstacles that hinder progress towards that end.
Two things are needed to assist Florida’s public school districts in continuing to ensure a high quality education: sufficient funding, coupled with fair and equitable implementation of regulations.
Education is the key not only to individual success; but it directly correlates to the economic vitality of our state. Florida’s 67 superintendents, as Constitutional officers and dedicated education professionals, are fully committed to providing "a secure and high quality system that allows students to obtain an excellent education."
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FADSS and ASCD announce partnership to provide customized professional development
Online Risk Management Program Aims to Help Districts Reduce Risk
With an end goal of assisting districts to reduce or eliminate risk, FADSS has
developed an Online Risk Management Training Program for superintendents to use
with district staff. FADSS is currently offering two online courses.
Avoiding Public Records Lawsuits, is an online course that will prepare all district staff to respond to the growing number of public records requests. Avoiding Email Pitfalls is designed to help prepare
all district staff to consider the boundaries of proper use of electronic
communication, and to recognize the ramifications of stepping outside those
These courses are online, easily accessible on
any timetable, and can be completed on most computers or tablet devices.
ALL YOU NEED IS INTERNET ACCESS. Both courses were developed by attorney
and Sunshine Law expert Leonard Dietzen, who has worked with a number of
Florida school boards as well as a wide variety of local government
Learn more about FADSS Online Risk Management Training Program.
Preteens’ use of Instagram creates privacy issue, child advocates say
Bennett: PARCC Is Not The Only Exam Florida Will Consider
Governor Scott signs landmark education bill
Bill advances to create 'innovation schools'
State Sen. Bill Montford,
D-Tallahassee, said Monday his legislation would allow local school
officials to seek to assign one school per district to benefit from the
same flexibility as charter schools.
Many teachers taking second jobs
"It's not that I want a second job," said Eve, who has a master's degree and the credentials to be an assistant principal. "I have to have a second job."
Paul Flemming: In the Legislature, expect the unexpected
"For instance, who will be this year’s Reggie Jackson of the Legislature: Who will be the straw that stirs the drink? ..........One nominee is Sen. Bill Montford, a Democrat from Tallahassee and a genial broker of education expertise."
School Security Considerations After Newtown
Stanford Law Review
Indian River's literacy goals will require community collaboration
"Many people have been convinced that it's the people in schools who are
the problem," said Vollmer. "But the vast majority of educators are
dancing as fast as they can. They could work 100 hours a week and we
wouldn't get the graduates we need."
Orange schools join up with other school districts to drive down food prices
Officials Seeking Ways to Improve School Security in Florida
"That's one of the problems — no one understands or knows exactly how
much it would cost because we haven't decided, quite frankly, as a state
or the districts what level we are trying to get to," Montford said.
"So there are a lot of fundamental questions that have to be answered."
Holding voucher schools to account is overdue
Tampa Bay Times Editorial, 12/14/12
Researcher: Florida District Schools Outperform Charter Schools On Average
Florida's shameful situation on charter schools
Bradenton Herald Editorial
"In mid-October, the governor ordered a review of the compensation
awarded to the 28 presidents in the state college system after trustees
at one agreed to a $1.2 million severance package with the school's
departing chief. Charter schools deserve even sharper scrutiny.But this is just one example of a twisted system that fails taxpayers miserably."
$500,000 payout to charter school principal sparks outrage, call for probe
State Sen. David Simmons called for a thorough investigation. "There's
no room for abuse by charter or traditional schools," Simmons said. "All
it does is hurt children."
Parental takeover isn't a cure-all for schools
Tampa Bay Times
Oped B. Philip Jones Jr., Hillsborough Education Foundation President
Why I stopped encouraging students to become teachers
Tampa Bay Times
Graduating All Students Innovation-Ready
America's Poverty-Education Link
Poverty, not bad teachers, is what plagues our schools
State senator calls for time-out on FCAT
Tampa Bay News 10
‘Won’t Back Down’: Realities the movie ignores
Education’s biggest design flaw
The Washington Post
The Washington Post
Written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author.
Addressing Poverty in Schools
New York Times Op/Ed by Joe Nocera
Superintendents: What is wrong with writing test?
Lowering passing score not the answer, they say
St. Augustine Record
Vogel, Blocker: Florida's school accountability system will fail
Orlando Sentinel -- April 27, 2012
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Why I Send My Children to Public Schools
by Robert Niles
Making Sense of Conflicting Grades
Guest article by Volusia County School Superintendent Margaret "Peg" Smith
Lauren's Kids Teacher Curriculum
Safer, Smarter Kids! is an abuse prevention education curriculum for kindergarteners created by Lauren’s Kids in consultation with child psychologist, Tara Zuckerman. After years of implementation in the Miami-Dade school system, the 2011 Florida Legislature directed Lauren’s Kids to develop and expand the curriculum to be sent to every public kindergarten classroom and guidance office in Florida.