Tax credit scholarships. The bill expanding the program is likely headed to the House floor. More from the Scripps/Tribune. Times/Herald. News Service of Florida. The state should mandate that scholarship students take the state’s standardized science test too. Bridge to Tomorrow. Education activist Rita Solnet tears into the program on the Huffington Post, which is also picked up by the Answer Sheet. The legislation is controversial. Sun-Sentinel.
Charter schools. The Sarasota County school board renews a charter contract after a contentious debate. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Magnet schools. Two new Pinellas County programs are flooded with applications. Tampa Bay Times.
Testing. The first priority in choosing the state’s next assessment was having it ready for next year, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said Tuesday. Gradebook. Field tests from Utah can inform officials about how the new tests will work. WFSU. The new test should be an improvement from the FCAT, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes. South Florida schools tweak their testing calendars to accommodate Passover. Miami Herald.
Funding. The House’s budget proposal would boost spending on public schools. Times/Herald.
Homework. The load isn’t all that heavy for most students, a Brookings Institution report says. Orlando Sentinel.
Employee conduct. A former Manatee High School assistant principal is in a legal fight for his job. Bradenton Herald. A Brevard County high school teacher is on paid administrative leave after showing students a nude picture, in what was apparently an accident. Florida Today.