Tax credit scholarships. Tampa Bay Times columnist Robyn Blumner doesn’t like U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposal for federal scholarships.
Charter schools. Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano bemoans the number of charter schools that close because of low enrollment (but curiously doesn’t mention traditional public schools that don’t get closed despite the same problem). The Cape Coral City Council will consider a resolution asking the Lee County School Board to share capital funding with the city’s charter schools, reports the Cape Coral Daily Breeze. More from the Fort Myers News Press.
Virtual schools. Expanding digital education is a top issue in the coming legislative session. The Florida Current.
Jeb Bush. In education, “he has a record of making messes,” the Palm Beach Post editorializes (just days after two more credible, independent reports find Florida students leading the country in progress).
Parental engagement. Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti wants to import a Parents Academy program similar to one he worked with in Miami-Dade. Florida Times Union.
Education leadership. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune profiles Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, the chair of the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
Teacher evaluations. The first year of statewide teacher evaluation data using the complicated the VAM formula shows the big difference in progress for students with the highest-rated teachers versus the lowest-rated teachers. StateImpact Florida.
Teacher testimony. Megan Allen, Florida’s 2010 Teacher of the Year, testifies movingly before Congress about the impact that budget cuts will have on high-needs students. Answer Sheet.