Parent trigger. Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, writes in this Orlando Sentinel op-ed that parents should have the choice to keep their child with a teacher with a bad eval. In this Tampa Bay Times letter to the editor, Carlos Alfonso with the Foundation for Florida’s Future dispels parent trigger myths furthered by Times columnist John Romano.
Online learning. Both the House and Senate agree on a new way of calculating per-student spending that will result in an $8 million cut to virtual education, reports The Buzz. Study funding for virtual courses rather than cut it for Florida Virtual School, editorializes the Orlando Sentinel. St. Petersburg College creates a MOOC for remedial math, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Nine Hillsborough schools are experimenting with BYOD, the Times also reports. The Helios Foundation and SRI International are working to create a Center for Digital Learning in St. Petersburg, the Times also reports.
Charter schools. Parents fight the closing of the struggling Bradenton Charter School. Sarasota Herald Tribune.
Dual enrollment. Community college leaders say they may have to restrict the increasingly popular program if lawmakers don’t better fund it. Orlando Sentinel.
Common Core. The Glenn Beck-fueled notion that Common Core is a leftist plot shows “we have officially arrived at Crazytown.” Beth Kassab.
School spending. After convincing voters that the Seminole school district was in a financial bind, district leaders now aren’t sure whether they need to collect the extra tax money. Orlando Sentinel. Continue Reading →