Common Core: “I completely agree with former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and bipartisan leaders across the country that the Common Core standards are simply better than what we have been relying on… ” writes Charlie Crist for the Tampa Bay Times. A Florida Insider Poll on the fate of Common Core finds 70 percent predict the new measures will stand, and 30 percent predict Florida will pull out three years after its implementation. The Buzz. The Polk County school district has been using Common Core State Standards in their lessons as well as the current Sunshine State Standards. The Ledger. And so has Sarasota County schools, says Superintendent Lori White. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “They’ve been called everything from leftist indoctrination to another tool meant to debase teachers and public education,” writes the Fort Myers News-Press, which takes a look at the new standards in Lee County.
PARCC: Education Week looks at who has the authority to withdraw from the testing consortium tied with Common Core State Standards, saying Gov. Scott can’t do it alone.
Accountability: Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano writes “The people who scream loudest about accountability in schools need to cool their jets for the next couple of years.”
Guns in schools: The Miami Herald spends three months investigating how much of a threat guns really pose to South Florida schools.
Achievement gap: Pinellas County schools Superintendent Mike Grego gives more details on a new plan to boost academic performance for black students. Tampa Bay Times.
School boards: Board members across the state will receive a more than 3 percent raise this year. That means pay for each board member in Broward and Palm Beach counties will increase to $42,455. Sun Sentinel. Hillsborough County School Board members April Griffin and Susan Valdes use Superintendent MaryEllen Elia’s review to whine, posture and settle old scores, writes the Tampa Bay Times.