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Following is a list of
articles and reports available on the web that were generated as a
result of a FairCompare Analysis & Audit.
Lake County, Florida: The Daily Commercial
Fort Worth, Texas: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Redlands, California: San Bernardino County Sun
Duval County, Florida: Florida Times-Union
When she took her
first teaching job in a low-income Jacksonville neighborhood eight years ago,
Karen Dahlin wasn't fully prepared to teach kids who sometimes disrupted her
class, had little experience with computers and had trouble reading.
certification standards urged
years ago, Florida teachers who met a few state standards would be certified to
teach for life.
targets students before they fail
Johnella George, like many of her classmates at Andrew Jackson
High School, seemed destined for failure.
In the next seven
years, five elementary schools, four middle schools and a high school are slated
to open in Duval County - all but one are far larger than national research
indicates is best for students.
Getting rid of poor
teachers can be a matter of years
It can take years to remove incompetent teachers from Duval
Thirty minutes or
Thirty minutes or
30 hours? It's difficult for school administrators to say how much observation
it takes to adequately evaluate teacher performance.
not affect Duval teachers
The Florida Legislature passed laws in the spring designed to
speed the process of weeding bad teachers out of the classroom. But it's unclear
to administrators and union leaders if the legislation will have a significant
effect on Duval County schools.
Advanced placement classes are more difficult and in-depth than
regular high school courses and culminate in a three-hour exam. Juniors and
seniors who pass the exams qualify for free college credit.
closing the gap
who sit down to take an advanced placement exam in the Duval County schools have
a year or, in some cases, only a semester of preparation for the college-level
students victims of 'grade inflation'
Experts with SchoolMatch, found evidence of slight to moderate
"grade inflation", the awarding of grades higher than students deserve, in all
17 Jacksonville high schools.
A balance of
School Board members
are often called to address constituents' concerns. At the same time,
SchoolMatch, an educational consultant, says members need to stay out of
day-to-day school system operations.
Office would set
Superintendent wants to create a separate office to track student
revamp plan falls short
SchoolMatch experts say the county's reorganization plan doesn't
go far enough.
works to improve poor performance
At West Jacksonville Elementary on a recent Friday, AmeriCorps
volunteer Jonathan Delifus mesmerized a group of fifth-graders with a simple
experiment about fire.