Florida roundup: innovation schools, parent trigger, Florida Formula & more

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Florida Formula. South Carolina is looking at third-grade retention and other parts of the Florida model. The State.

Parent trigger. The Senate Education Committee passes the parent trigger along – altogether now – party lines. The Buzz, WFSU, Tallahassee Democrat.

Charter schools. StateImpact Florida writes up a bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, that would allow districts to create charter-like “innovation schools.” (The Senate Education Committee passed the bill unanimously.) The Orlando Sentinel notes passages of another charter bill that would beef up accountability requirements.

Dual  enrollment. The DOE picks the College of Central Florida to create a website promoting dual enrollment. Ocala Star Banner.

School security. The NAACP and three other groups don’t like the idea of armed teachers, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal. A bill that would get school districts to hire more guidance counselors isn’t really moving, reports the Gainesville Sun.

School zoning. The latest from Seminole. Orlando Sentinel.

Students with disabilities. Parents are praising legislation that would give them more power over the creation of IEPs. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Superintendents. Minority community groups rally to the defense of Lee Superintendent Joseph Burke. Fort Myers News Press.

Technology. Flagler’s iPad program is expanding quickly. Daytona  Beach News Journal.

Teacher pay. Negotiations underway in Collier. Naples Daily News.

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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.