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Florida schools roundup: Tax credit scholarships, growth, testing and more

florida-roundup-logoTax credit scholarships. Convert the program to a private charity with no tax-credit support, a Florida Times-Union guest column argues.

Growth. Orange County gets new public schools for the new year. Orlando Sentinel.

Failure factories. Black lawmakers in South Pinellas County say promises to their community were broken. Tampa Bay Times.

Magnet schools. Magnet schools will absorb some East Tampa students who otherwise would have been bused to the suburbs. Tampa Bay Times.

Charter schools. Brevard considers closing a financially troubled charter. Florida Today.

Testing. Top lawmakers consider national tests. Politico Florida. Pasco’s superintendent backs Seminole County’s testing proposal. Gradebook. A poll finds the public may have testing fatigue. Orlando Sentinel School Zone. More here. A Tampa Bay Times columnist bashes former Gov. Jeb Bush on choice and testing.

Back to school. So far, it seems to be going smoothly around the state. Miami Herald. Tampa Bay TimesTampa Tribune (more here). Daytona Beach News-Journal. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Bradenton Herald. A Polk high school expands its career academy and Cambridge offerings. Lakeland Ledger. Some Pasco students started preparing over the summer. Tampa Bay Times.

Transportation. Palm Beach addresses issues with its bus system. Sun-Sentinel. Problems aren’t yet solved. Palm Beach Post.

History. Broward public schools start for the 100th time. Sun-Sentinel. A Miami high school celebrates its 60th anniversary. Miami Herald.

Teacher quality. Can differentiated pay help draw teachers to struggling schools? Bridge to Tomorrow. A noted economist opines on teacher quality in the Gainesville Sun.

Teacher Pay. Talks between the Santa Rosa district and its union hit a wall. Pensacola News-Journal.

Attendance. Sarasota rolls out a new program to combat absenteeism. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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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)