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 TimesMiami HeraldTallahassee Democrat. Orlando Sentinel. CBS Miami. Florida Today. Associated Press. Fort Myers News Press.

FL roundup logo snippedTutoring oversight. The Tampa Bay Times elevated a handful of bad actors to taint the overall tutoring effort in Florida and ridicules a program championed by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy to help low-income families, writes Steve Pines, executive director of the Education Industry Association, in an op-ed response to the Times series and editorial.

Teacher evals and school grades. Despite the concern of Education Commission Tony Bennett and others, the two systems are not meant to be in sync. Shanker Blog.

More conspiracy! Now in Education Week.

Class size flexibility. There’s bipartisan support for a bill to provide that. StateImpact Florida.

Common Core. Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett talks more about the why’s behind Plan B. Education Week.

Support workers. Blue-collar workers in the Palm Beach County school district continue their campaign for more input into working conditions. Extra Credit.

Bullying. In the wake of a 12-year-old’s suicide, 50 people plea with the Hernando County School Board to do more to deter bullying. Tampa Bay Times.

Role models. In Collier, they’re called WatchDOGS – Dads of Great Students. Naples Daily News.

Diane Ravitch. A new low? EdFly Blog.

Teachers union. Technical glitches delay the vote count in the United Teachers of Dade presidential election. Miami Herald.

Privatization. A task force in Broward proposes outsourcing of one of the district’s bus terminals to a private company. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Superintendents. Manatee’s new superintendent is Rick Mills of Minnesota, reports the Bradenton Herald. More from the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Palm Beach Superintendent Wayne Gent wears a wire to help investigators nab a local activist who was allegedly trying to extort $1 million from him over manufactured claims of sexual misconduct, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. More from the Palm Beach Post.

Testing. Keep the FCAT in perspective, the Palm Beach County school board tells students and parents. Palm Beach Post.

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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.