Florida roundup: tax credit scholarships, Common Core, testing & more

Tax credit scholarships. The bill to expand the state’s tax credit scholarships program passes its first committee on a party-line vote. redefinED. More from the Halifax Media ServicesMiami Herald, Associated Press, The Florida Current, News Service of Florida, WFSU, Palm Beach PostFaith leaders and their supporters from across Florida gather in the Capitol to support the bill. redefinED. The Ledger doesn’t like it. The Citrus County Chronicle profiles a school choice mom.

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. The group behind a proposed charter school at MacDill Air Force Base withdraws its application and says it will resubmit. Tampa TribuneTampa Bay Times. New one in Palm Bay celebrates its opening. Florida Today.

Digital learning. Computer class instead of PE? Orlando Sentinel.

Home schooling. Home schooler wins Lee County spelling bee. Fort Myers News Press. Naples Daily News.

Common Core. Two retired U.S. Army generals push for Common Core. School Zone.

Obama. The president is set to visit a Miami-Dade high school today to give a major speech on education and the economy. Miami Herald.

School spending. The superintendent of the Manatee County School District calls for an investigation into the financial practices under former superintendent Tim McGonegal. Bradenton Herald. Sarasota Herald Tribune.

School boards. Why Orange County School Board member Rick  Roach is calling it quits. Answer Sheet. Former Palm Beach County School District COO throws his hat in the ring for a school board seat. Extra Credit. An ethics complaint is filed against the Hernando County School Board member whose son received inflated grades. Tampa Bay Times. It’s been four months since the vacancy, but Gov. Rick Scott still plans to appoint a replacement to the Seminole County School Board. Orlando Sentinel.

School discipline. Santa Rosa County School District set to stop paddling. Pensacola News Journal.

Testing. A letter from the mom whose son’s plighted triggered the debate over the testing of special needs students. Answer Sheet.

Educator conduct. A charter school principal in Broward County is arrested after being accused of rape by another employee. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Principals. Okaloosa prepares for a new wave. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Enrollment. The state is projected to see increases again, but it won’t be even across districts. Gradebook.

Florida’s progress. A sham, says this op-ed in the HuffPo.