School choice. Gov. Rick Scott signs major legislation expanding eligibility for tax credit scholarships and creating the second education savings account program in the country. redefinED. Associated Press. Tampa Bay Times. EdWeek. News Service of Florida.
Charter schools. A big Sun-Sentinel investigation focuses on failed charter schools in South Florida. A Palm Beach tax referendum is dogged by questions about whether the district should share the proceeds with charters. Palm Beach Post. Construction is under way while an Orange County charter school’s application remains undecided. Orlando Sentinel.
Campaigns. Education issues are key in the electoral slugfest between Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott. Orlando Sentinel. Candidate qualifying wraps up in school board races. Miami Herald. Florida Today. Lakeland Ledger. Sarasota Heald-Tribune. Tallahassee Democrat. Jackson County Floridian. The Tampa Bay Times looks at fields in Hernado, Hillsborough and Pinellas. The Sun-Sentinel looks at Broward and Palm Beach. Hillsborough candidates get grilled by their local Tiger Bay club. Tampa Tribune.
Finance. Duval schools officials consider selling bonds to fund technology purchases. Florida Times-Union. The Palm Beach school board turns to businesses for cost-saving ideas. Palm Beach Post. The Manatee County school board will review the use of bond funds that drew scrutiny from state auditors. Bradenton Herald. The board will consider a draft $367 million budget, the Herald reports.
Teachers. South Florida teachers raise questions about the shift to performance pay. Sun-Sentinel. A residency program aims to prepare Duval teachers for challenging urban classrooms. Florida Times-Union. Teacher preparation programs receive poor marks. Daytona Beach News-Journal. Pasco schools aim to attract more qualified substitutes. Tampa Bay Times. It’s professional development season in Lee County. Fort Myers News-Press.
Security. More than half of Hillsborough students say they feel safe at school. Most of the rest say they aren’t sure. Tampa Tribune.
Start times. Legislation changing school start times could resurface as the debate continues. Orlando Sentinel.
Unions. Palm Beach teachers have yet to pick a new union leader. Extra Credit.