Charter Schools: Something to be Concerned About in Florida?

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?

Common Core: An Issue for the School Board Elections? Part 1

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

Clarifying the Make-Up of Collier County’s Public Schools

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