Florida roundup: Tax credit scholarships, virtual school, A-F and more

florida-roundup-logoTax credit scholarships. The Miami-Dade school board declines to hold a debate on the program and the lawsuit challenging it. Miami HeraldredefinED. Step Up For Students’ Doug Tuthill responds to criticism of the program in the Sun-Sentinel. The organization co-hosts this blog.

Virtual school. The director of FLVS Campus, Florida Virtual School’s new blended learning initiative, explains why one of the country’s largest virtual schools is creating a physical learning space. Virtual Voice.

Teacher evaluations. The Palm Beach County school district proposes an evaluation system that would give all teachers positive evaluations. Palm Beach Post.

School grades. A survey finds parents in Jacksonville rely on things like test scores and school grades to judge schools, but don’t understand all the changes to the system. Florida Times-Union.

School info. Design can increase parents’ ability to get information about their schools, Omid Jahanbin writes on the EdFly.

Testing. The Lee County school board takes aim at testing with its legislative platform. Fort Myers News-Press.

Teacher pay. Bay County teachers are in for a raise. Panama City News Herald. Pasco teachers may be, as well, after protracted contract negotiations finally close. Tampa Bay Times.

Facilities. A Pasco elementary school will move to a new, temporary home during renovations. Tampa Bay Times. School roofs and buses may be on the chopping block if the Palm Beach school district can’t come up with more money for capital projects. Palm Beach Post.  Hernando school board members consider another try at a sales-tax referendum for capital projects. Tampa Bay Times.

Administration. Lee County’s superintendent faces an investigation for financial mismanagement. WFTX.

Curriculum. A bill to make a Dinesh D’Souza’s film required viewing in Florida public schools gets a House sponsor. Tampa Bay Times.

Security. Eight school shootings have happened in Florida since the shooting at Sandy Hook two years ago. Miami New Times. A school resource deputy helps out low-income students during the holidays. Tampa Tribune.