Rick Scott

Rising tension over terrorism, refugees

By Murphy Stidham and Kathleen Bajalia | gargoyle@flagler.edu President Obama today plans to deliver a prime-time address on how his administration will defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIL. “He will reiterate his firm conviction that ISIL will be destroyed and that the United…

Share of black judges drops

By Murphy Stidham | gargoyle@flagler.edu Since taking office in January 2011, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed a lower percentage of black judges than his predecessors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. Crist, who served one term, appointed 180 judges, including 15 blacks or 8.3 percent….

Higher teacher pay will bring quality education

By Lindy Almony | gargoyle@flagler.edu

Americans speak often about investing in the future with K-12 education. President Barack Obama said during a speech in February that, “Education is an investment that we need to win the future.”

How much, though, do we really invest in education in this country? And how much does the success of our education programs depend on the teachers?

The easy way out of a tough spot

By Caroline Young | gargoyle@flagler.edu

New Florida Gov. Rick Scott has always said that he knows what is best for Florida education. His new law, the Student Success Act makes standardized tests the main evaluation tool for teachers’ abilities. And, he says it weeds out the fruitless ones.

Contrary to Scott’s belief, this law is everything but the best choice for our state’s suffering education system.

Merit pay hurts teachers, taxpayers

By Alex Bonus | gargoyle@flagler.edu

Lawmakers are forcing failed reforms on failing schools, hoping two wrongs makes a passing grade.

The Student Success Act, signed by Gov. Rick Scott on March 24, ties teacher salaries to student achievement. Starting July 1, professional evaluators will rank teachers on a four-part scale to determine their eligibility for bonuses, pay raises and promotions.