Gerard Robinson. The former Florida education commissioner, who stepped down three months ago, will be among the panelists next week responding to a new Brookings report on standardized testing and the Common Core. More here.
DOE responds to Tampa Bay Times contracting story. I can’t remember the last time DOE did a point-by-point, line-by-line rebuttal to a story. Press release here.
Career academies. Get a nice write-up in the Gainesville Business Report.
Testing. New Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti removes some internal standardized tests from the district schedule, prompting praise from teachers union president Terrie Brady, reports the Florida Times Union.
FCAT. Will any private schools that accept tax credit scholarships give it? Asks Gradebook.
Contract talks. Continue next week in Palm Beach County after nearly falling apart last week, reports the Palm Beach Post’s Extra Credit blog.
Schools put kids in reach of convicts. Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton.
SI.com has learned that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has hired prominent antitrust litigator Maxwell Blecher,sac louis vuitton who has written a letter to NBA executive vice president and general counsel Rick Buchanan threatening to sue the NBA. The letter, sources tell SI.com, claims that Sterling has done nothing wrong and that “no punishment is warranted” for Sterling. Blecher also tells Buchanan that Sterling will not pay the $2.5 million fine, which is already past due. Blecher ends the letter by saying this controversy “will be adjudicated.”