1. Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell takes Florida school reform advocates to task for overhyping charter schools, many of which posted less-than-stellar results in the state’s latest round of letter grades.
  2. Charters also made out better than their traditional public counterparts in the latest round of state funding for capital projects, the St. Petersburg Times has reported.
  3. As Gov. Rick Scott continues to weigh plans to bring more privately run, RV-friendly campgrounds to state parks, the St. Petersburg Times documents how many park services, from restaurants to canoes, are already run by private companies.
  4. Al Zichella, president of the Florida Home Builders Association, notes one of the less-discussed effects of the growth management changes recently signed by Scott:

    And now, instead of competing with other Southern states for business, local and regional areas within Florida will compete against each other to create a business-friendly environment. Those communities that will embrace growth, and all the economic benefits that go with it, will prosper. Those that continue to restrain it will wither.

  5. Energy Secretary Steven Chu explains on his Facebook page how many renewable energy sources are kind of like Voldemort: Both rely on external energy storage to maximize their power.
  6. Number of the day: 3,359 — the number of pedestrians who died over the past decade in the streets of Florida’s four most pedestrian-unfriendly cities, which also happen to be the four most hazardous in the country, according to Tansportation for America.
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