Florida roundup: Parent trigger, Marco Rubio, teacher pay & more

Parent trigger. Another year, another defeat for the parent trigger. Coverage from Tampa Bay Times, StateImpact Florida, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach PostTallahassee Democrat, Associated PressEducation Week, Sarasota Herald Tribune.

florida roundup logoMarco Rubio. Visits a Tampa private school to tout his federal tax credit scholarship bill – and says nice things about public schools along the way. redefinED.

Teacher pay. Maybe teachers will get money for raises sooner rather than later after all. Miami HeraldPalm Beach PostOrlando SentinelAssociated Press.

School discipline. Hillsborough district officials are taking a closer look at the disproportionate number of suspensions for black males. Tampa Bay Times.

School turnarounds. Pinellas has five schools facing state intervention, but 11 other D schools may he headed that way, warns Superintendent Mike Grego, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Staff at the five must reapply for their jobs, reports the Tampa Tribune.

School funding. Philanthropists led by state Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand kick off a $50 million fundraising campaign for Duval schools. Florida Times Union.

Superintendents. Polk narrows its finalists list to three. Lakeland Ledger.

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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.