Vouchers and testing. A new report from the Fordham Institute finds that mandated testing – and even public reporting of test results – isn’t that big a concern for private schools worried about government regs tied to vouchers and tax credit scholarships. Coverage from redefinED, Choice Words, the Cato Institute’s Andrew J. Coulson and Gradebook. AEI’s Michael McShane says Florida’s tax credit scholarship program (which, altogether now, is administered by Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog) finds the “sweet spot” with its testing and financial reporting requirements: “These regulations don’t sound too crazy to me; they seem to strike a good balance of accountability for safety, fiscal responsibility, and academic performance without being overly dictatorial in how schools must demonstrate any of those.”
Shooting rockets. Senate President Don Gaetz tells the Associated Press that Florida needs to slow down on ed reforms until it rights the new teacher evaluation system and other changes in the works: “We need to quit shooting rockets into the air. We need to give schools and school districts, teachers and parents time to institutionalize the reforms that have already been made. We need about a two-year cooling off period.”
Ford Falcons. Schools need competition. EdFly Blog.
School choice. Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says at a National School Choice Week event in Tampa that some Florida districts deserve credit for expanding public school options such as magnets and career academies, reports redefinED. More from Tampa Tribune.
Charter schools. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranks Florida fifth for its charter laws. SchoolZone. Gradebook. South Florida Sun Sentinel. StateImpact Florida. The Pinellas school district postpones a decision on whether to close a long-struggling Imagine school in St. Petersburg, reports the Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune. The Volusia district’s decision to shut down a struggling charter in Deland is headed to appeals court, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal.