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Mattox, Kari Ann – Educational Considerations, 2012
With the passage of a state constitutional amendment in 2002, Florida school districts faced the challenge of meeting class size mandates in core subjects, such as mathematics, English, and science by the 2010-2011 school year, or face financial penalties. Underpinning the amendment's goals was the argument that smaller classes are more effective…
Descriptors: School Choice, School Districts, Class Size, State Legislation
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McHatton, Patricia Alvarez; Shircliffe, Barbara J.; Cobb-Roberts, Deirdre – Educational Considerations, 2011
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) was founded in 1954 to serve as an independent body in promoting high quality teacher preparation programs. Its mission is to ensure accredited institutions produce high quality educators, administrators, and specialists able to meet the needs of all learners. Institutions seeking…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Field Experience Programs, Educational Practices, Teacher Educators
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Shockley, Robert; Hardman, John; Watlington, Eliah; Heydet-Kirsch, Patricia – Educational Considerations, 2011
In March 2007, Florida Atlantic University hosted a joint NCATE/Florida Department of Education site visit. This successful site visit and following Unit Accreditation Board report resulted in full NCATE accreditation with only one weakness cited. The weakness related to the implementation of the College's assessment system at the Advanced Levels.…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Professional Education, Cultural Differences, Higher Education
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Sutton, Lenford C.; Jones, Phyllis; White, Julia – Educational Considerations, 2008
For nearly four decades, school finance has become progressively more central in school reform efforts aimed at improving student performance. At the same time, the focus of many school business officials and policymakers has turned to efficient uses of current resources in lieu of uniform increases in school funding. With regard to improving…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Class Size, School Restructuring, Educational Change
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Herrington, Carolyn D.; Trimble, Susan – Educational Considerations, 1997
Claims voters and elected officials allow only short-term solutions to financial problems and Florida fails to address need or adequacy. Explains sources of problems by describing state funding formula and discussing structurally inadequate tax base, new political and constitutional barriers to tax expansion, and sectoral rivalry for state…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Educational Legislation