Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts. Florida’s newest school choice program officially opened Friday. WCJB. Sentinel School Zone. redefinED. State Sen. Andy Gardiner explains the program on the EdFly.
Charter schools. Half a dozen new ones, with a diverse set of offerings, are slated to open in Hillsborough this fall. Tampa Tribune.
Tax credit scholarships. A lawsuit by the statewide teachers union brings the regulation of private schools under renewed scrutiny. Daytona Beach News-Journal. The Florida Education Association’s lawyer tells Watchdog.org that the union was most concerned about the tax credit scholarship legislation, and the personal learning accounts program could be a “collateral casualty” of its recently announced lawsuit.
Early learning. Kindergarten, and even pre-K, may be too late for low-income parents to start thinking about their children’s education, experts tell the Orlando Sentinel.
Teacher conduct. A South Florida judge sides with a teacher who protested her firing after she allowed her daughter to be beaten with an extension cord. Sun-Sentinel.
Magnet schools. A Palm Beach County elementary retools into an arts magnet. Palm Beach Post.
Special needs. A reorganization of Pinellas’ special education program has not gone as planned. Tampa Bay Times. A child care center that caters to exceptional children reaches a milestone. Florida Times-Union.
Campaigns. PolitiFact crunches numbers on education spending, a subject of many gubernatorial talking points. The wife of a Republican lawmaker challenges the longest-serving member of the Pinellas school board. Tampa Bay Times.