Charter schools. The Tampa Tribune writes up the latest report on charter laws from the National Association of Public Charter Schools and quotes Robert Haag, president and CEO of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools: “You want choices for your child’s education, just like anything else in life. You don’t want to be stuck just going to Publix. You want to be able to go to Winn-Dixie or Whole Foods or any of those places.”
The Pembroke Pines charter school system is battling the Broward school district for funding, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. An F-rated charter middle school in Orlando plans to ask the Orange County school district for designation as an alternative school, which wouldn’t be graded, reports SchoolZone. The Orlando Sentinel editorial board doesn’t like the idea of more construction money for charter schools – or the possibility of a parent trigger.
School spending. The Manatee school district’s Fitch bond rating is downgraded from stable to negative, reports the Bradenton Herald. The district posts thousands of documents from the forensic audit into a $3.4 million deficit, the Herald also reports. The documents show a school board member forced former superintendent Tim McGonegal to resign after he learned of the deficit, reports the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
Following Florida: Nevada should adopt Florida’s ed reforms, particularly its expansion of school choice options, says this op-ed in Nevada Business Magazine.
Rick Scott. As the governor woos teachers, the Tea Party scratches its head. Tampa Bay Times.
Exposed, again! Another news outlet gives space to the Jeb Bush corporate-connections-conspiracy story.
Teacher evaluations. The Tampa Bay Times offers an update on the Gates-funded effort in Hillsborough. A Flagler teacher will focus on teacher evaluations as a fellow with the Hope Street Group, a national public policy outfit, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal.