Common Core. To conservatives: “I suggest you give up the bashing of a critically important reform simply because your political enemy endorsed it.” EdFly Blog.
Charter schools. The highly successful Pembroke Pines charter school system says it deserves a share of the Broward school district’s capital improvement dollars, reports the Miami Herald. The Pinellas school district will vote yet again Tuesday on whether to shutter the long-troubled Imagine charter school in St. Petersburg, reports the Tampa Bay Times. A Palm Coast charter hopes to bounce back from an F, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal.
Teacher evaluations. Senate President Don Gaetz says the new evals may be too complicated and, combined with other big changes in education, could put the system at risk of imploding, reports the Florida Current. Washington Post ed blogger Valerie Strauss uses Gaetz’s comments to tee off on Florida ed reform.
More on teacher pay. Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal runs up against competing demands, reports the Tampa Bay Times. It “would provide welcome relief” but doesn’t make up for “all of the damage this governor has done to public education,” writes the Times editorial board. Cash shows respect, writes Times columnist Dan DeWitt. It’ll help show teachers are valued, writes the Pensacola News Journal. Give Scott credit for supporting merit pay and across-the-board raises, writes the Daytona Beach News Journal. His commitment needs to be more than a one-time gimmick, writes the Palm Beach Post. A good thing no matter the motivation, writes the Gainesville Sun. Transparent pandering, writes the Panama City News Herald. “Met with skepticism,” reports the Tampa Tribune. Lawmakers should be careful about both teacher raises and a proposal to transform the state retirement system, writes the Ocala Star Banner.