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Florida roundup: Charter schools, tax-credit scholarships, open enrollment and more

Charter schools. Legislation is on the move. Palm Beach Post. Florida Current.

florida-roundup-logoTax-credit scholarships. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich opposes the program, while primary favorite Charlie Crist does not take a firm stance on legislation that would expand it. Sunshine State News. Politico mentions Florida’s program in a broadside about public money going to religious schools. Responses from Eduwonk and the National Review.

Open enrollment. The move could give Duval schools officials more breathing room under state class-size rules. Florida Times-Union.

School grades. An overhaul heads to the House floor. News Service of Florida. Gradebook.

Testing. New end-of-course exam requirements prompt Orange County schools officials to cut electives. Orlando Sentinel. Common Core opponents’ claims rate Half True. PolitiFact.

Parent involvement. Members of Pinellas County’s “parent leadership cadre” are happy with their district. Gradebook.

Labor news. Pinellas County Schools prepares to cut teacher positions. Gradebook. Walton County teachers resume pay negotiations. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Student activities. It’s hard work becoming a spelling bee champion. Florida Today. Tallahassee’s Chiles High School wins its second-straight Brain Bowl title. Tallahassee Democrat.

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BY Travis Pillow

Travis Pillow is Director of Thought Leadership at Step Up For Students and editor of NextSteps. He lives in Sanford, Fla. with his wife and two children. A former Tallahassee statehouse reporter, he most recently worked at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research organization at Arizona State University, where he studied community-led learning innovation and school systems' responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. He can be reached at tpillow (at)