When I learned that two candidates for the Collier County School Board are closely affiliated with the county's newest charter school, the Mason Classical Academy, I wanted to know more - both about charter schools in general, and this school in particular.A 2011 State Impact Florida article titled “Five Misconceptions About Charter Schools” showed that … Continue reading Charter Schools: Something to be Concerned About in Florida?
In Part 1 of this post, I wrote about the Common Core State Standards, explaining what they are, how, why and by whom they were developed, and how Florida became involved with them.I chose this topic because I believe opposition to the Common Core is likely to be one of the topics voters will be … Continue reading Common Core: An Issue for the School Board Elections? Part 2
I first became aware of the intense emotions and controversy over the Common Core State Standards (“Common Core,” “CCSS” or “the Standards”) at an information session for parents, teachers and community members at the Collier County School District Administrative Center in May 2013.During the Q&A that followed, “the discussion got heated,” reported WINK News (putting … Continue reading Common Core: An Issue for the School Board Elections? Part 1
A reader pointed out the need to clarify the information about the Collier County Public School District I included in yesterday’s post.I had written:As provided by Florida law, the School Board is responsible for policy and governance for the County’s 48 public schools, 12 Alternative School Programs and two career/technical centers. (For Fast Facts about … Continue reading Clarifying the Make-Up of Collier County’s Public Schools
There will be a number of races on the ballot for the August 26 Primary Election, but our votes in the three school board races will be the most important.Why?Because the people we elect will make policies that will directly shape the young people who become the voting citizens and leaders of Collier County’s future. And … Continue reading Our most important votes