National Education Legislation & Policy

A closer look at Marco Rubio’s proposal for federal tax credit scholarships

Eleven states currently offer tax credits to specified taxpayers who make contributions to tax-exempt non-profit organizations that in turn use those contributions to fund scholarships for qualifying, financially-needy, elementary and/or secondary school students attending private schools. This fairly recent development is currently empowering perhaps 150,000 lower-income families, who generally are[Read More…]

Florida roundup: FCAT money, charter schools, parent trigger & more

School recognition funds. About 1,700 schools will get about $134 million, reports Gradebook. More from SchoolZone, Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, TCPalm.com, Florida Times Union, Naples Daily News. Charter schools. Palm Beach Post: “Palm Beach County has pledged to help a nonprofit charter school sell $10.5 million in mostly[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, parent trigger, career academies & more

Charter schools. An Orange County charter that served dyslexic students is closing after seven months because of financial problems, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The parents of a charter in Miami-Dade are in limbo after a church decides unexpectedly to end the school’s lease, reports the Miami Herald. Virtual charter schools. In[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Advanced Placement, tutoring oversight, Common Core & more

AP results. Florida students rank No. 4 in the nation in the percentage of graduates passing an AP exam. redefinED. Tampa Bay Times. Miami Herald. Tallahassee Democrat. Orlando Sentinel. CBS Miami. Florida Today. Associated Press. Fort Myers News Press. Tutoring oversight. The Tampa Bay Times elevated a handful of bad actors to[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Parent trigger, magnet schools, cyber bullying & more

Digital learning. Lawmakers are set to consider a digital education bill that would allow school districts to create “innovation schools” similar to charter schools. Gradebook. Parent trigger. House version is filed, reports SchoolZone. Democrats concede they probably don’t have the votes to stop it this year, reports Naked Politics. Magnet schools.[Read More…]

Not your daddy’s vo-tech: Florida lawmakers to consider career ed changes

Florida state Sen. John Legg has a slogan ready for a bill he plans to file next week: “It’s not your daddy’s vo-tech.’’ The bill will focus on “high-end, high-skilled industry certifications at the high school level,’’ with one plank calling for some certifications to fulfill certain high school graduation[Read More…]