Florida roundup: Tax credit scholarships, politics, philanthropy and more

Tax credit scholarships. Will the program drain $3 billion from public schools? Mostly false. PolitiFact.

florida-roundup-logoPolitics. Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab chides a local school board candidate who attacked the “toxic culture of education” for over-the-top political rhetoric.

Philanthropy. Teach for America recruits appear to be helping Miami-Dade students in math but not reading, a study shows. Miami Herald. An alumna of the program from Brooksville is now an “education superstar” in DC public schools, a Tampa Bay Times columnist writes. A prep school student raises money for laptops at a nearby Title I school. Tampa Bay Times. A Gates Foundation program aims to help more Jacksonville students receive full scholarships. WJCT.

Testing. Some superintendents question falling FCAT writing scores. Tampa Bay Times.

Administration. Administrators reprimand a Hernando County band director who rallied parents behind his program. Tampa Bay Times. The Palm Beach school baord approves hires. Palm Beach Post.

Labor. Collier County teachers say if they’re required to be on annual contracts, their principals should be, too. Naples Daily News.

STEM. A UF project aims to help students improve in algebra. StateImpact.

Facilities. Escambia County school district sells off the last of its vacant property. Pensacola News-Journal.

Summer. The City of Jacksonville runs camps for at-risk kids. Florida Times-Union. Libraries in the city aim to help students over the summer. Florida Times-Union.

Employee conduct. A Hillsborough teacher faces criminal charges after leaving the scene of a car wreck. Tampa Bay Times.