Governor Scott visits Marco Island Academy!!

Florida Governor Rick Scott toured Marco Island Academy’s campus, a Public Charter School, on March 4th, 2016. He presented Shine Awards to the principal, Ms. Scott, and three outstanding teachers, Ms. Walther, Mrs. Galiana, and Mr. Rients. The Shine Award is an...

How Do You Measure Student Learning?

  As the Chairman of the Board of Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), a public charter high school for the past 5 years, I have had an opportunity to witness firsthand how the current standardized testing strategies affects students, teachers and administration at the...

Stand Up and Speak Out for Charter Schools!

Recently I served as a panelist at the 2015 Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools Quality Charter School Authorizers Task Force meeting in Fort Lauderdale. District and charter representatives from across the entire state gathered to share ideas. Representative...

A New Day For MIA

  The students at MIA will not notice any major changes on campus this week. However, October 1st will be one of the most pivotal days in the school’s history. What is the major change? MIA will officially have a permanent location on Marco Island. We are...

Life After The Test

Life After The Test By: Jane Watt Many schools across the country have spent the last eight months preparing for the end of year high stakes tests. For example, at Marco Island Academy (MIA), a public charter high school in Southwest Florida, we have administered...

To Test or Not To Test

To Test Or Not To Test: How the Implementation of Common Core and High Stakes State Mandated Testing Affects Faculty and Students Several years ago, when I first heard about Common Core, I was excited about the concept. I wanted to see more accountability throughout...

Why Do People Oppose Charter Schools

Why Do People Oppose Charter Schools? By Jane Watt Over six years ago, I began volunteering for a charter school initiative which ultimately led to my founding a charter high school and serving as the Chairman of the Board for the school on Marco Island, Florida. When...

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