Rick Scott to attend charter school opening

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will attend the grand opening of a charter school in Tallahassee Wednesday.

The Governors Charter Academy, a K-8 school, is run by Charter Schools USA. Its president and CEO, Jonathan Hage, is a one-time adviser to former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Scott has just wrapped up a week-long education “listening tour” across the state. Along the way, he vowed to seek stable if not increased funding for K-12; wrote that “we cannot declare war on teachers and simultaneously ask them to drive our students toward success”; and said school choice and competition need to be done “the right way.”

On a related note, from the News Service of Florida:

Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will create a group of five school superintendents to make suggestions on reducing requirements that take teachers away from classroom time. Scott said the idea came from last week’s tour of school’s around the state. “One of the things our teachers talked about was that they wanted to spend their time in their classrooms teaching,” Scott said after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. “They don’t want to spend time doing a lot of paperwork on things such as how much recycled material are we using.”

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Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). Ron can be reached at rmatus@stepupforstudents.org or (727) 451-9830. Follow him on Twitter @RonMatus1 and on facebook at facebook.com/redefinedonline.