Florida roundup: Gerard Robinson, a DOE rebuttal, career academies & more

Gerard Robinson. The former Florida education commissioner, who stepped down three months ago, will be among the panelists next week responding to a new Brookings report on standardized testing and the Common Core. More here.

DOE responds to Tampa Bay Times contracting story. I can’t remember the last time DOE did a point-by-point, line-by-line rebuttal to a story. Press release here.

Career academies. Get a nice write-up in the Gainesville Business Report.

Testing. New Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti removes some internal standardized tests from the district schedule, prompting praise from teachers union president Terrie Brady, reports the Florida Times Union.

FCAT. Will any private schools that accept tax credit scholarships give it? Asks Gradebook.

Contract talks. Continue next week in Palm Beach County after nearly falling apart last week, reports the Palm Beach Post’s Extra Credit blog.

Schools put kids in reach of convicts. Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton.

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BY Ron Matus

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.

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