Testing. Pasco County schools run into a second bout of FCAT glitches, but testing proceeds smoothly in other districts. Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Tribune. Parents who opt out of state testing have other options to demonstrate their students’ performance. StateImpact.
Tax credit scholarships. Legislation expanding the program has proved “hard to kill,” the St. Augustine Record reports in an article that quotes only opponents. The program promotes “equity and social justice,” a private school educator writes for Context Florida. Lawmakers should keep the status quo when it comes to school choice policies rather than passing new legislation, the Tampa Bay Times editorializes.
Private schools. The Fort Myers News-Press writes about the growth of the Discovery Day Academy.
Gates foundation. A Tampa Bay Times columnist looks at the impact of Hillsborough’s seven-year, $100 million grant as it reaches its midway point.
STEM. A Palm Beach student attends a STEM leadership academy. Palm Beach Post. Gainesville high school students prepare for a national oceanography competition. Gainesville Sun. Hands-on science lessons get messy for an award winning teacher. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Budgets. Citrus County looks at possible cuts. Citrus County Chronicle.