Charter schools. Pinellas plans to review charter contracts after a back to school “calamity” at one school. Tampa Bay Times. The Tampa Tribune editorializes in favor of a charter at MacDill Air Force Base. The first vote is coming soon on a planned municipal charter in West Palm Beach. Palm Beach Post. Charters are expected to enroll nearly 10 percent of the Palm Beach district’s students in the new school year, the Post reports.
School choice. Miami-Dade’s superintendent says the district is riding a “tsunami’ of choice. Miami-Herald.
Dual enrollment. Daytona State College looks to boost the number of high school students taking classes. Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Technology. An unexpected enrollment spike means there won’t be an iPad for every student at one Lake County high school. Orlando Sentinel.
Home education. It’s not back to school season for Florida’s ‘unschoolers.’ Tampa Bay Times.
Facilities. Lee County’s new lobbyist says he plans to wring more money, especially capital funding. out of the Legislature. Fort Myers News-Press.
Turnarounds. The Pinellas school district wants to expand a program that aims to increase parent involvement at struggling schools. Tampa Bay Times.
Campaigns. The Tampa Bay Times asks gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist about education policies, including charters and choice, during a recent bus tour. It might not have been legal for him to campaign in a real school bus. Tampa Tribune. The Bradenton Herald looks at a group that aims to shake up the Manatee school board.
Superintendents. Senate President Don Gaetz debates industry certfications with the current Okaloosa County schools superintendent. Northwest Florida Daily News. More here. The Clay County Commission faces a lawsuit from the school board over an effort to switch to an appointed superintendent. Florida Times-Union. An emergency meeting on the issue is planned for today.