Florida roundup: Tax credit scholarships, common core, charter schools and more

Travis Pillow

Tax credit scholarships. An advocate for the program, and vice president of Step Up for Students, which co-hosts this blog, withdraws his nomination to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees. Times/Herald. Students in the program should be required to learn evolution, Brandon Haught, of Florida Citizens for Science, writes in a Tampa Bay Times guest column. Fund Education Now opposes the bill in an Orlando Sentinel guest column.

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. A group that caters to female students in Manatee County wins approval from Bradenton city officials. Bradenton Herald.

Common Core. The Foundation for Excellence in Education is promoting Common Core with video snippets featuring teachers. StateImpact Florida. Associated Press.

Budgets. A Pasco STEM school could get a boost from lawmakers. Gradebook.

Race to the Top. Florida is making progress in year three of its federal Race to the Top grant, but it faces some hurdles, including legal challenges around its teacher evaluation system.  Associated Press. Gradebook. Education Week looks at how various states are faring.

School boards. A legal dispute simmers between the Marion County School Board and the Ocala City Council. Ocala Star-Banner.

Employee Conduct. A school security worker faces child-abuse charges. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Teachers unions. The Pinellas teachers union elects a new president. Tampa Bay Times.

Spelling bees. Miami-Dade schools crown their winner, the Miami Herald reports.

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