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 […]

Florida’s Accountability System

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[…..]

Knowledge is Power: Thoughts on Florida’s 2018-19 School Grades

By Patricia Levesque, Executive Director If you’re a parent of school-age children, like me, you’ve probably seen the phrase “Knowledge is Power” painted in a school hallway or tacked on a teacher’s classroom board. It’s a powerful statement that acknowledges the critical role a quality education plays in a child’s life. It also sums up the purpose[…..]