- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.