Florida progress. Florida’s public education system ranks No. 7 in K-12 achievement this year, up from No. 12 last year, according to Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report. redefinED.
School choice. Four Florida districts – Duval, Miami-Dade, Pinellas and Brevard – rank in the Top 25 among big districts nationwide when it comes to meaningful school choice, according to the latest annual index from the Brown Center at Brookings. redefinED. Add another school to the growing ranks of Cambridge schools in Florida: Tarpon Springs Middle. Gradebook.
Charter schools. Virtual charters are on the rise in Florida, with three new ones approved last month. redefinED.
Common Core. Senators ask Education Commissioner Pam Stewart tough questions about the new Common Core standards and the tests that are supposed to go with them. The Buzz. Education Week. Post on Politics. News Service of Florida.
Principals. Removal of the Pahokee High principal causes a stir. Extra Credit.
PE. Lawmakers propose a PE credit waiver for high school athletes. Gradebook.
School names. Westside High is the new name for Jacksonville’s former N. B. Forrest High School, named after the Civil War general and early KKK leader. StateImpact Florida. Associated Press. Orlando Sentinel.
Employee conduct. The Palm Beach County School Board fires or suspends five employees. South Florida Sun Sentinel.