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The Scam Behind McDonald’s ‘McTeacher’s Nights’

| July 16, 2019

The fast food giant pioneered methods of attracting school children to its stores — from Happy Meals to marketing schemes like McTeacher’s Nights, an exploitative fund-raiser that takes advantage of teachers for very little in return.

Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

| May 4, 2018

The shameful practice of tracking poor students into blue-collar jobs contrasts with millions of rewarding, high-paying trade jobs sitting empty.

Are Drug Addicts Less Valuable Than Students? Florida Says Yes, Wrongly.

| March 18, 2018

Politically there may be a big difference between students’ safety and drug addicts. Ethically, there is none, and financially, addicts are being lethally short-changed.

Public Schools Dealt Blows in Pair of Court Decisions Favoring Vouchers and Charters

| January 20, 2017

One court decision upholds corporate tax vouchers for private schools, another diminishes the role of local school boards in deciding what charter schools may operate.

Homeschooling: Not So Eccentric Anymore

| April 26, 2016

The number of American K–12 children educated at home increased from 1.09 million in 2003 to 1.77 million in 2012. That means they make up 3.4 percent of the nation’s school population.

Proposal Would Allow Students to Sub Computer Coding for Foreign Language Classes

| December 4, 2015

Bill sponsor Jeremy Ring, a Margate Democrat who is a former Yahoo executive, said the proposal would give Florida students a “true leg up” in the increasingly tech-driven world.

Everybody Likes Pre-K. Defining It Is Another Matter.

| September 12, 2015

While there’s a growing consensus on the value of preschool, states disagree on where the programs should be based, who should run them, or how the government should support them.

$780 Million More for Education in Florida, But a $500 Million Property Tax Increase

| June 22, 2015

The special session’s much-touted tax cut of $427 million is wiped out by a nearly $500 million tax increase to pay for education funding increases.

Why Malala Yousafzai Should Have
Won The Nobel Peace Prize

| October 10, 2014

Malala Yousafzai is the 17-year-old Pakistani girl and activist for girls’ education who in 2012 was shot in the head by a shaking, demented terrorist whose allegiance to the Taliban tells us all we need to know about the lethality of religious fundamentalism. Any kind of fundamentalism, really.

Turned Down for a Job Outside the Classroom, a Teacher Rediscovers Her Mission

| May 4, 2014

It’s a sad notion that administrators, school boards, human resources offices and so-called reformists have unfortunately inculcated in teachers over the years, this idea that if you want to be successful or be taken seriously, or make any sort of impact, that you must stop teaching to do so.

Flagler Schools Improve Graduation Rate For 5th Year in a Row, to 76.6%; Black Rate Lags

| December 13, 2013

Flagler’s rate improves from last year’s 74.8 percent, and is up significantly from the 2008-09 rate, when it was 65.1 percent. But the graduation rate of 67.9 percent among black students continues to lag, adding to pressure on the district that it’s not doing enough to address a vast gap between white and black achievement.

Why Florida Should Embrace Common Core: A Conservative Perspective

| November 26, 2013

“I believe in Common Core State Standards, believed in them decades before they existed, and desperately want them for my grandchildren, their children and the future of this great nation,” writes Nancy Smith, the conservative editor of Sunshine State News. “If I’d been an educator, I might have invented them.”

“Girl Rising”: Karen Barchowski’s Movie Event for Palm Coast, In Education’s Name

| October 10, 2013

Karen Barchowski, the co-owner of Sally’s Ice Cream in Flagler Beach, succeeded through word of mouth and more than a little conviction in organizing one showing of “Girl Rising,” the groundbreaking documentary about the importance of girls’ education, at Epic Theater in Palm Coast on Oct. 13.

Back-to-School Tax Holiday Now Includes Computers, Tablets and Electronic Gadgetry

| July 25, 2013

Florida’s back-to-school tax holiday Aug. 2 through Aug. 4 for the first time includes high-tech computer and other electronics as long as each individual item is priced under $750. Retailers are preparing for the demand, in some cases lowering prices to match the benchmark.

Gov. Scott Floats $1.2 Billion Boost to Education, Including $480 Million for Teachers

| January 30, 2013

Scott’s $2,500-a-year raise for Florida teachers, costing $480 million, would be included in the $1.2 billion increase for K-12 education, which would add to last year’s $1 billion increase, yet the total, if approved, would still be off the all-time high for per-student education funding.

An iPad for Every Student? Florida’s Textbook-Closing Switch Would Cost $441 Million

| October 10, 2012

Lawmakers have helped drive the state toward more reliance on digital learning materials, passing a bill two years ago requiring schools to adopt digital-only textbooks by the 2015-16 school year and spend at least half their textbook budget on electronic materials.

Verdict on Jeb Bush’s Education Guru: “Nonsensical, Confusing and Disingenuous.”

| June 4, 2012

Matthew Ladner got a 2011 Bunkum Award for the research he has published while working at Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, a nonprofit whose mission is to encourage Florida-style education reform in other states.

The Erosion of Study Time in College

| May 22, 2012

The time college students actually study outside of class has dwindled from 24 hours a week to about 15. The trend is generating debate over how much students really learn, even as colleges raise tuition every year.

School Districts Will Have to Vastly Expand Virtual Education; Charters to Click In

| April 27, 2011

At least one virtual class would be mandatory for graduation, kindergarten students could take online courses, and charter schools could offer full or part-time classes in what’s almost certain to become law.

Charter Schools To Be Allowed To Go Virtual As Florida Expands Online Public Education

| April 16, 2011

A proposed law would let charter schools open full-time K-12 “virtual” charter schools, all students would be required to take at least one online class, and school districts would have to offer full or part-time virtual programs.

But Should They Be Paid? Flagler School Board Members Defend Their Salaries

| April 5, 2011

A Florida Senate proposal would replace school board members’ salaries with a $100 per-meeting stipend. Retirement and health benefits would be eliminated, too. Savings would exceed $10 million a year.

From Teacher Merit Pay to Charter School Expansion: Legislature Marches On

| March 28, 2011

Like the swiftly-approved teacher merit pay reforms, the push to expand charter schools, including expanding preferential admittance, has the strong backing of Gov. Rick Scott, and continues to revamp education.

As the School District Agonizes Over Cuts, Imagine Prepares to Almost Double in Size

| March 28, 2011

Imagine School at Town Center is expanding to accommodate 910 students even as the rest of the district’s enrollment stalls and its budgets are being slashed. A video report of Imagine’s expansion plans.

How Grim Are State School Spending Cuts? Try 7 to 10% Per Student, Layoffs to Follow

| March 23, 2011

Florida House and Senate proposals would cut from $447 to $473 per student, or close to 7 percent, a little less than Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to slash per-student spending by $680 in addition to recent reductions.

Throngs Voice Opposition as School Board Endorses Cuts With Sweeping Consequences

| March 15, 2011

The board voted 4-1 to approve recommended cuts that would reduce middle and high school days by one period, among other cuts totaling $3.5 million. The proposal must be approved by employee unions before it goes into effect.

State of Education Forum in Flagler: Anxiety and Advocacy as District Braces for Shock

| March 10, 2011

If the state of education in Flagler County is strong, it won’t stay that way if state policy continues on its budget-slashing course, advocates and school officials told a large crowd at an education forum Thursday evening.

Half of Flagler’s Legislative Delegation Listens to Local Pleas Without Quite Hearing Them

| December 15, 2010

Sen. John Thrasher and State Rep. Fred Costello listened to 90 minutes of pleas and policy suggestions from Flagler County officials Wednesday in Bunnell. Whether they heard anything is debatable. And two of Flagler’s legislators didn’t show up.

Delbrugge’s Letter to Flagler, Part II: How Egypt Compares And What Matters Most

| November 17, 2010

The former school superintendent reflects on life in Egypt by deflating myths about the difference between private and public schools, comparing his in Egypt with Flagler’s school district, and speaking about what matters most in life.

Bill Delbrugge’s Letter to Flagler, Part I: America’s Place In the World–And Yours

| November 16, 2010

In the first of two parts, Delbrugge recaps life in Egypt, America’s image abroad, and all the things Americans take for granted–but shouldn’t, including the importance of local government and civic engagement.

Education Foundation’s 20th Anniversary: Video and Photo Gallery

| October 23, 2010

Watch a video celebrating 20 years of the Flagler County Education Foundation, and a vanity photo gallery of the evening’s celebrations at the Hammock Duns Club. In color, too.


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