Monthly Archives: May, 2013

OCPS Plans to Build K8 schools to Consolidate Small ESs

Source: OCPS website, May 2013 2013 OCPS State of the Schools address The other three K-8’s proposed, are small school solutions designed to address three inner city schools which will be left with populations under 300 students, one under 200 students. Those proposed K-8’s are on the screen behind us and are: a consolidation of …

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SLES has 11+ unused classrooms (as of AY 2011-2012)

Source: OCPS, Feb 2012 (slides 36 & 37) Slide 54

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Brain work may be going the way of manual work

Source: Economist, May 2013 Two things are clear. The first is that smart machines are evolving at breakneck speed. Moore’s law—that the computing power available for a given price doubles about every 18 months—continues to apply. This power is leaping from desktops into people’s pockets. More than 1.1 billion people own smartphones and tablets. Manufacturers …

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A Very Small Positive Correlation between Spending and Achievement

Source: CNBC, May 2013 The amount of money spent per public school student fell in 2011 for the first time since the Census Bureau began keeping records more than three decades earlier, as economic woes finally caught up with educational realities. Paul E. Peterson, director of Harvard University’s program on education policy and governance, said …

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Northstar: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

Source: Northstar website, date indeterminate 7 Principles Young people want to learn. Learning happens everywhere. It really is OK to leave school. How people behave under one set of circumstances and assumptions does not predict how they will behave under a very different set of circumstances and assumptions. Structure communicates as powerfully as words – …

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Invent to Learn

Source: Invent to Learn website, May 2013

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Art and Technology at Bejing Makerspace

Source: Xinhuanet.com, May 2013

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FL Magnet School Considers Becoming a Charter School

Source: Redefined Online, May 2013 Rowlett Magnet Elementary, a popular A-rated school in Bradenton, is caught in a districtwide crisis that has resulted in a spending freeze until July and threatens to leave administrators little choice but to drop programs to cut costs. Instead of losing classes devoted to drama, film-making and music, Rowlett’s leaders …

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FLVS from a Teacher’s Perspective

Source: Redefined Online website, May 2013 Florida Virtual hired her at about $42,000 a year to start. She had been making about $41,120 when she left the district. Meloy is bound by an annual contract. Like her district counterparts, she undergoes yearly evaluations, which are based in part on student test scores. But FLVS reviews …

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Projected ES student enrollment from Meritage Parkside: 63 students

Source: Parkside Meritage Homes blog, date indeterminate Parkside will have 315 single family homes Orange County has 410,000 households (US Census quickfacts).  OCPS has 81,000 ES students (OCPS 2012-2013 Pocket Budget Guide, page 3).  So a ball park estimate is that the average household has 0.2 ES student. Since Parkside will have 315 homes upon completion, it can …

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