Florida roundup: Tax credit scholarships, state chiefs, testing and more


Tax credit scholarships. The program does not harm public education, a former Department of Juvenile Justice head writes in the Tampa Bay Times. Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog and employs the author of this post, helps administer the program.

Testing, Palm Beach school officials call on Gov. Rick Scott to hold off any negative testing consequences. Palm Beach Post. South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Lee school board members debate whether end of course exams should count. Fort Myers News-Press. A Pasco teacher gets reprimanded for encouraging students to opt out. Gadebook.

Charter schools. Polk says no to two proposed charter enrollment increases. Lakeland Ledger.

State chiefs. Ousted Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia is tapped as the new leader of New York schools. Education Week. Tampa Bay Times. Buffalo News. Tampa Tribune.

District chiefs. Manatee¬†taps a top district administrator as superintendent for a year. Bradenton Herald. The field begins to develop for Okaloosa’s superintendent election. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Special needs. Students graduate from Hillsborough’s special education¬†center, and prepare to figure out what’s next in life. Tampa Tribune.

Facilities. A Marion high school will begin work on a $15 million athletic facility. Ocala Star-Banner.

Self-guided. Okaloosa students guide themselves through independent study courses. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Reading. A program gives books to students on Polk County school buses. Lakeland Ledger.

Funding. Taxable property values rise in Pasco. Tampa Bay Times.

Spanish. Miami-Dade schools may change their approach to language courses. Miami Herald.

Administration. Volusia does the administrative shuffle. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Senior pranks. East Gainesville High School for sale? Gainesville Sun.

Rise and shine. The Manatee school board approves a 7:30 start for high schools. Bradenton Herald.

Retirement. A seasoned English teacher calls it a career. Northwest Florida Daily News.