Florida roundup: teacher pay, parent trigger, Common Core & more

Marco Rubio. He’s visiting a Tampa private school today to highlight his proposal for a federal tax credit scholarship. The Buzz.

florida roundup logoParent trigger. StateImpact Florida notes the Times/Herald story on the Sunshine Parents video and the parent trigger petition questions. So does Education Week, which includes a response from Parent Revolution. Senate vote on the parent trigger is expected today, reports Naked Politics. John Romano says the petition proves the narrative is true.

Teacher pay. StateImpact Florida writes up the compromise. South Florida teachers are disappointed with it, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.  More from the Palm Beach Post, Orlando Sentinel, Northwest Florida Daily News, Tallahassee DemocratTampa Bay Times Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet says Gov. Rick Scott should veto the education budget to help teachers – and perhaps himself.

Teacher turnover. A study finds half of Duval teachers leave within five years. Florida Times Union.

Testing. Guidance counselors bear the brunt of FCAT test administration. Gainesville Sun.

Cyberbullying. Lawmakers pass a proposal to give school districts more power to deter bullies off campus and on line. Gradebook and Associated Press.

Gays and lesbians. After a little push from the ACLU, Kathleen High in Polk has a new Gay-Straight Alliance. Lakeland Ledger.

Atheists. They’ll be handing out materials in Orange high schools, in response to a Bible distribution in the same schools. Orlando Sentinel.

Drugs. Hillsborough officials are talking about using drug-sniffing dogs in response to an apparent uptick in marijuana use. Tampa Bay Times.

Common Core. Why its critics haven’t found success in Florida, yet. StateImpact Florida.

School districts. The news just keeps getting worse for the Manatee school district. Bradenton Herald.

Zeros. Eliminating them to boost student grades is a bad idea. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Superintendents. The Polk County School Board begins the interview process in hiring a new superintendent. Lakeland Ledger.

School spending. The Volusia school district and local builders are near an agreement on impact fees. Daytona Beach News Journal.

Educator conduct. An assistant football coach in Manatee is reprimanded after reporting to police that a student who alleged misconduct on the part of another coach was being bullied. Sarasota Herald Tribune.

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). Ron can be reached at rmatus@stepupforstudents.org or (727) 451-9830. Follow him on Twitter @RonMatus1 and on facebook at facebook.com/redefinedonline.