Charter schools: Lobbyist John Sullivan makes the leap from charter schools to Duval County public schools, in an effort by the district’s superintendent to compete. The Buzz.
Common Core: Proponents say the new standards will make students more competitive while opponents argue against government intrusion during the final public hearing on the matter. The Buzz. The Department of Education has received more than 7,000 emails and online comments about the new standards. Tallahassee Democrat. Florida Tax Watch weighs in on having assessments aligned with the new benchmarks. Tampa Bay Times. When it comes to Common Core, “we need the governor to lead,” writes the Sun Sentinel.
Jeb Bush: “Criticisms and conspiracy theories are easy attention grabbers,” the former Florida governor says about Common Core opponents at the Excellence in Education National Summit in Boston. The Buzz.
Class size: A group of Broward parents are angry about their school’s last-minute decision to create a new classroom inside an unused portable to meet class-size requirements. Sun Sentinel.
Teacher absences: Last school year, the Polk County school district had more than 80,000 absences among its 7,000 teachers. In about 13,000 of those instances, no substitute was available. The Ledger.
Teacher supplies: The Wishing Well, a project to provide Manatee County teachers with free school supplies, may close. Bradenton Herald.