Charter schools. In an innovative arrangement, a new Miami-Dade charter school will be built with private funds but managed by the school district. Miami Herald. WPLG. A Pasco County charter for poor children with Autism is at risk of closing. Tampa Bay Times. Charter Schools USA faces a multimillion dollar verdict in a sexual abuse case. Herald. WPLG. The Duval County School Board might not renew some charter contracts. Florida Times-Union.
Tax credit scholarships. The program “is an asset to public education,” an administrator at St. Petersburg Christian School writes in the Tampa Bay Times. “It should be imperative” for students in the program to take state standardized tests, former Sen. Paula Dockery writes in an opinion column.
Common core. The standards bring debate to the Hillsborough County School Board. Tampa Tribune.
Facilities. The Lee County School Board looks for ways to address enrollment growth. Fort Myers News-Press. Maintenance money is scarce, but a Hernando County elementary school is looking ways to repair its roof. Tampa Bay Times.
Single-gender schools. Scripps/Tribune writes up pending legislation creating new guidelines for the programs.
Teachers unions. The head of Orange County’s teachers union is re-elected as it gears up for an impasse hearing with the school district. Orlando Sentinel.