Will Florida continue online classes next semester? Parents seek answers.

When Maria Balestriere enrolled her two children in Pasco County’s mySchool Online, she did so to ensure consistency.

“Our worry was, are these kids going to be in school for two weeks and then all of a sudden you’re quarantined?” said Balestriere, who lives in Wesley Chapel. “I really didn’t want the back and forth.”

Before long, she found the arrangement worked “really, really well.” Her daughter in particular is able to learn and focus with a teacher she likes. Neither of her children — one in fourth grade, the other in seventh — is clamoring to be in a regular classroom.

But Balestriere recognizes that a return to campus could be thrust upon her and thousands of other families that opted for real-time online classes from home in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

School districts across Florida won state permission to get full funding for the online model for

Read More

Questions about education elections? Find answers here

As early voting begins today for the Nov. 3 general election, Arizonans with questions about education initiatives, school bond, override and capital override elections have several resources to help them make informed decisions.

“Education is not a partisan issue,” said Christine Thompson, president and CEO of Expect More Arizona. “From the top of the ballot to the bottom, there are issues and offices that significantly impact every level of education in Arizona.”

“Before voting, citizens can do a little research to gain a better understanding of what authority elected officials wield,” Thompson said. “Before filling out their ballot, voters can ask candidate questions and see who best aligns with their views and priorities on education issues. “

While each school district’s website, county recorder’s website, and local media provide the facts on how these elections benefit students and impact taxpayers, this week voters can also view two online

Read More