Two colleges of education struggle
USF is taking a lot of heat for cutting ties between its College of Education and the USF/Patel Charter School (see here and here). But its ed school isn't the only one that has struggled trying to help a high-needs campus.
The Developmental Research School at FAMU earned an F last year before its students made big gains this year, moving the school up to a C. The FAMU DRS is not a charter, but like the Patel school it has close ties to a university ed school, in this case FAMU's. Its student body is 100 percent minority and 35 percent on free/reduced lunch, compared to 80 percent and 65 percent, respectively, at Patel.
There are three other university-tied lab schools in the state – at UF, FSU and FAU – but none of them have struggled as much as FAMU's in recent years, and none of them have the more challenging demographics. The St. Petersburg Times wrote about FAMU's DRS back in January, after a controversial hire. Here's the latest on the school from the Tallahassee Democrat.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter