Charter schools. What happened to the Ben Gamla charter school in Pinellas is a “study in bad charter school governance.” Choice Words. Parents try to figure out what to do now that a struggling charter school in Deland is closing. Daytona Beach News Journal. Ditto for the parents of a charter school in Lutz. Tampa Tribune. After 22 years in traditional public schools, a local principal is hired to lead the city of Cape Coral charter school system. Fort Myers News Press.
Homeschooling. The Palm Beach Post takes a look at Space of Mind, a pricey but fascinating home-school school that insists it’s not a school.
Tax credit scholarships. The number of parents seeking them grows in Highlands and beyond. Highlands Today.
School grades. Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is recommending another year of a “safety net” provision so grades don’t drop more than one letter grade. Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Times Union, Tampa Tribune, TCPalm.com, Associated Press. Other states are watching the goings-on. Miami Herald. Another story on how everyone is expecting grades to drop. Sarasota Herald Tribune.
VPK. Needs to be more focus on pre-K for poor kids. Pensacola News Journal.
Common Core. The Tallahassee Democrat offers an overview of the big challenges and potential payoffs ahead.