Parent trigger. Parent trigger passes House 68-51, with seven Republicans voting no. Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press. Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette paints a nightmare scenario against the parent trigger in this Orlando Sentinel op-ed.
Charter schools. The House passes a charter school bill that beefs up accountability and makes it easier for high-performing charters to expand, reports the Orlando Sentinel. A proposed Montessori charter school in Lake County asks for more time, for a third time, to answer questions about finances and other issues, reports SchoolZone. The Naples Daily News profiles the Marco Island Academy charter school.
Tutoring. A House committee adds a provision to a bill that would undo a requirement that districts spend a portion of Title I dollars on parent-selected, private tutors for low-income kids. The Buzz.
Teachers unions. When it comes to school choice and accountability, the unions are out of step with many rank-and-file teachers, writes Gary Beckner, executive director for the Association of American Educators, in an op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel. The Orange County teachers union is again properly registered as a bargaining agent, reports SchoolZone.
Teacher conduct. Police believe there are more victims of a Palm Beach County charter school teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted a child at a Catholic school where he once taught, reports the Palm Beach Post. The Post editorializes that the Palm Beach County school board would have been justified in firing rather than suspending a band director who misused funds to pay for family members’ trips overseas.
School closings. A lawyer for the Canaveral Port Authority says the entity cannot donate to the Brevard school district to stave off the proposed closing of three schools. Florida Today.
School recognition money. $2.8 million for Polk schools this year. Lakeland Ledger.
Common Core. A why-it-matters rundown from StateImpact Florida.
Gay students. The Broward district unveils a training program to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students. Miami Herald.
Bullying. The House votes unanimously for a bill that adds cyber-bullying to the state’s anti-bullying law. Associated Press.