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Florida roundup: Tax credit scholarships, Common Core, textbooks and more

Tax credit scholarships. A vote to take up the House’s school choice bill fails, leaving the issue to the final day of Florida’s legislative session. Scripps/Tribune. Associated PressRedefinED. It’s one of five bills that could shape the sessions final hours, Gary Fineout writes.

florida-roundup-logoTextbooks. The state adoption process remains alive in re-worked legislation bound for Gov. Rick Scott. Times/Herald. Scripps/Tribune. Reuters. Associated Press. School Zone. Palm Beach Post.

Whistle-blowers. A Leon County Schools administrator becomes a whistle-blower in an ongoing saga involving district construction contracts. Tallahassee Democrat. A Palm Beach County whistle-blower faced retaliation from the school district. Palm Beach Post.

Common Core. Supporters of the new standards tout their flexibility. Tampa Tribune.

Facilities. Broward schools consider an $800 million bond issue. Miami Herald.

Teachers. A Broward County man at the forefront of desegregation decades ago returns to the classroom to teach. Sun-Sentinel. Orange County teachers prepare to vote on raises. Orlando Sentinel.

Graduation. An FAU student could graduate before receiving her high school diploma. Sun-Sentinel.

Retention. Other countries have higher stakes than Florida’s third-grade retention policy. StateImpact.

Budgets. The Pasco school district looks to rebuild support staffs after years of cutbacks. Tampa Bay Times.

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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)