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State: Scholarship discrimination should be ‘obliterated,’ Florida Board of Education member says
Florida’s heated debate over whether schools that expel LGBTQ students should have access to tax credit scholarship funds reared its head in this week’s State Board of Education meeting.
And on the reliably pro-school choice board, one member stepped up to denounce any hint of mistreatment of children and families in the program he routinely supports.
Board member Michael Olenick, a former education department general counsel, used the occasion of renewing two scholarship-funding organizations to raise his concerns about media reports of discrimination by some of the schools that accept the tax credit scholarships.
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State: Gov. DeSantis weighs in on Clay County superintendent appointment
DeSantis is tasked with appointing an interim superintendent after current superintendent Addison Davis was selected last month as the next superintendent of Hillsborough County schools, the seventh-largest school district in the country.
Davis has yet to submit his resignation but could take the job as soon as March. The interim superintendent would fill in until a permanent superintendent is elected in November.
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State: Florida is No. 2 in the country for charter school closures
Lincoln Memorial Academy was a charter school located in Palmetto. The school opened in 2018. One year later, the school was returned to the Manatee County School system after it was discovered the water was going to be shut off because of unpaid bills.
Teachers were also complaining they were not being paid, and another school employee had been convicted of a felony.
An investigation into the school uncovered widespread evidence of ‘systematic dysfunction.’ But this is not the first charter school in the state to run into problems.
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State: Senate panel approves school turnaround bill despite concerns
The Senate Education Committee unanimously approved school turnaround legislation despite some concerns by members.
The bill sponsored by Sen. Dennis Baxley (SB 1498) speeds up the timetable for F-rated schools to adopt and put into place improvement plans. Members of both parties raised concerns that the required timeline might be too strict and not always in the school’s best interest. 
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