Magnet schools. It’s time for action on poor-performing charter schools in the Broward County School District. South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Career academies. The Lee County School District will beef up its career education programs under a partnership with Ford Motor Company’s Next Generation Learning program. Fort Myers News Press.
School choice. Pinellas public school enrollment increases for the first time in a decade, as charter schools gain more ground and the district, after adding new choice programs, mitigates its losses. Tampa Bay Times. (Enrollment is up in the Leon County School District too. Tallahassee Democrat.)
Crist v. Scott. The Wall Street Journal rips into Charlie Crist for not denouncing the suit to kill the tax credit scholarships. By not denouncing the suit, Charlie Crist may have alienated black voters and cost himself the election. Tampa Tribune. Both pro- and anti- school choice forces are making big contributions. Sarasota Herald Tribune.
More school choice politics? The state NAACP moves to shut down the St. Petersburg branch, headed by Rev. Manuel Sykes, who happens to be at odds with the state chapter over school choice. Tampa Bay Times.
Standardized testing. Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano says there’s too much of it. So do some teachers and parents in Brevard. Florida Today. Despite testing angst, the Lee County School District continues to roll out the new state standards. Fort Myers News Press.
Common Core. A look at how it is changing kindergarten. Sarasota Herald Tribune.