Tag: Gov. Rick Scott

Florida roundup: Lawsuits, testing, Rick Scott and more

Lawsuits. A judge dismisses a lawsuit challenging Florida’s tax credit scholarship program; an appeal is possible. Tampa Bay Times. Associated Press. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Gradebook. WFSU. Sunshine State News. Florida Times-Union. redefinED. The Lakeland Ledger weighs in with an editorial. The scholarships are administered by Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog. The Cato[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Charter schools, employee conduct, busing and more

Charter schools. The Tampa Bay Times spends time with Hillsborough’s charter school gatekeepers. Charter schools with good results should be allowed to share in local property taxes collected for school construction, a municipal charter leader writes in the Fort Myers News-Press. The News-Press disagrees in an editorial. A Pensacola charter school under[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: PLSAs, testing, superintendents and more

PLSAs. More states may soon create programs like Florida’s Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts, which allow parents of special needs students to control the use of their children’s education funding. Education Week. Testing. As promised, Gov. Rick Scott issues an executive order suspending 11th-grade English testing. Miami Herald. Sun-Sentinel. Fort Myers News-Press. Capitol[Read More…]

Scott budget: Reserve facilities funding for charter schools in struggling areas

Gov. Rick Scott this morning rolled out a $77 billion spending proposal that, as he previously announced, would increase funding for public schools, boost funding for Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts and set aside $100 million for charter school facilities. Under the governor’s plan, that charter school funding would come with some additional requirements. To[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Lawsuits, testing, school choice and more

Lawsuits. The statewide teachers union, school boards association and other groups are preparing to announce the first direct constitutional challenge to Florida’s tax credit scholarship program. Times/Herald. Sentinel School Zone. redefinED. Testing. In clear violation of state law, the Lee County school board votes to “opt out” of all state standardized testing. Fort[Read More…]

Florida roundup: School board races, enrollment, start times and more

Education reform. Gov. Rick Scott releases a second-term education agenda. Times/Herald. Tampa Tribune. Gainesville Sun. redefinED. A Tampa Bay Times columnist criticizes the governor over testing. Campaigns. It’s election day. Charter schools are among the issues at stake in Clay County school board races. Florida Times-Union. Common Core looms large at all levels.[Read More…]

Scott: Let more children access Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts

Florida’s Republican governor says he wants to expand the pool of children who would qualify for the state’s new personal learning accounts. In the midst of a contentious back-and-forth over education, Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign released a second-term agenda Monday morning. The Associated Press has fleshed out some details already, but one noteworthy[Read More…]