Florida schools roundup: Rick Scott vetoes, teacher pay, ed schools & more

Rick Scott. Gov. Rick Scott vetoes about $400 million in spending and a proposed tuition hike, reports the Associated Press and South Florida Sun Sentinel. (Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson gives him a thumbs up.) Vetoes other ed-related items, reports StateImpact Florida. Vetoes $1.5 million for a STEM project in Pasco, reports Gradebook. Vetoes $14 million for a new building at Gulf Coast State College, reports the Panama City News Herald. Vetoes a $7.5 million “innovation hub” at Florida Gulf Coast University, reports the Naples Daily News. Doesn’t veto a wind tunnel at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal.

florida roundup logoDual enrollment. Gov. Scott signs into law a measure that requires districts to pick up the cost. Orlando Sentinel.

Teacher merit pay. Pinellas is about to roll out a pilot at seven schools. Gradebook.

Teachers unions. A glimpse at the financial picture for United Teachers of Dade. Intercepts.

Ed schools. The Hechinger Report uses the University of Central Florida as the lead for a story about more scrutiny and accountability coming to colleges of ed.

School spending. Projected layoffs reach 282 in Manatee, including 182 teachers, reports the Bradenton Herrald. About 100 rally to show support for the teachers, the Herald also reports. More from the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Superintendents.  Lee starts looking for a new one today, reports the Fort Myers News Press.The Palm Beach County School Board can’t stop former Superintendent Art Johnson from working for the principals’ association, according to an attorney hired by the district, reports the Palm Beach Post.

Privatization. The Broward school board is set to vote on privatizing construction, reports the Miami Herald. Volusia considers doing the same with groundskeeping, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal.

Testing. FCAT retakes results, reports the Tampa Tribune. New end-of-course exams are ready in Okaloosa, reports the Northwest Florida Daily News.

Common Core. Kindergarten and first-grade students are being taught the new standards. Daytona Beach News Journal.

Student feedback. Get more of it. Fort Myers News Press.

Parent trigger. Did Florida parent groups exaggerate the extent of opposition? Sunshine State 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.