Florida’s falling test scores sound the alarm

Florida’s falling test scores sound the alarm By: Patricia Levesque For nearly 20 years, Florida has been a national model in showing how student-centered education policies can improve the grades and lives of students. But sobering news last week has made it clear that policymakers and educators must return to the proven, successful methods that made Florida […]

Happy 20th Anniversary to the A+ Plan

On June 21, 1999, Governor Jeb Bush signed Florida’s A+ Plan for Education into law, beginning a systemic transformation that serves as a national model for raising student achievement. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this comprehensive strategy to improve public education, the Foundation for Florida’s Future is publishing a blog series featuring perspectives from the people that made it[…..]

Valencia Way and the Power of High Expectations

By: Principal Simaran Bakshi Here’s a lesson that students at my school are far too familiar with: if you hear a gunshot, jump in the bathtub. It’s the best way to survive if someone continues shooting into your home. If you grew up in a neighborhood ravaged by crime and violence, then you may have collected your own[…..]