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December 2017 Archives

Florida public school teacher accused of assault

Middle school is a time of high emotion and the testing of many boundaries. Young people are learning how they fit into society, and that can often be traumatic and frustrating. This frustration can extend to the teachers when student behavior becomes disruptive. In one Florida public school, that tension apparently came to a head, and one teacher is facing serious accusations.

5 Signs of a Great Online School

Are you looking for an exceptional online school for your child? You're not alone. Enrollment at online schools has rapidly increased during the last decade. While some families have had great experiences with online schools, others have run into serious problems that jeopardized their children's ability to graduate and earn a valid diploma. Here are five signs of a great online school, and a few tips along the way to avoid questionable online educational institutions.

Are Florida tests discriminatory?

For families that speak a language other than English, the education system can be difficult to navigate. While America has no national official language, the majority of schools teach primarily in English, which can especially hurt Florida’s Spanish-speaking families.

Florida's new education law sparks controversy

Many Florida parents take an active role in their children's education. This may mean helping them with homework, meeting with their teachers and reading with them. Some may even volunteer in their children's classrooms. Few people question that this interest in education is a positive factor in the success of children. However, a new education law gives parents and others in the state even more say in the classroom.

What is the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP?

Ensuring a child with special needs has all the help he or she needs in an academic setting is crucial to setting that child up for success. Parents can play an active role in making sure this happens by participating in the creation of a 504 plan or an Individualized Education Plan.

Will parent-teacher conferences soon become a thing of the past?

In an effort to squeeze in more instruction time, one school district has replaced student-teacher conferences with online reports. It says the reports give more information than a conference ever could -- but is it the right information?