Charter schools: A tumultuous year for Pembroke Pines charter schools leaves the system on rocky ground and facing major challenges in the new year. Sun Sentinel. South Tech Academy’s first Rock and Roll Academy class in Broward County is learning the music business and building self-confidence. Sun Sentinel. Golden Gate Scientific Leadership Academy in Polk County is appealing the school board’s denial of its charter. The Ledger. Five years ago, there were seven charter schools in Pinellas County. Now, there are 23 charters that have been approved by the school board. Tampa Bay Times.
Dual enrollment: Some seniors at Lely High in Collier County are logging in college credits and flight time through a dual-enrollment program with Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University. Naples Daily News.
District schools: The wife of Duval County’s schools superintendent makes her own mark on educational and human rights issues. Jacksonville Times-Union. During the winter break, Santa Rosa students are grappling with the murder of one teacher, her son charged in the slaying and another student gunned down by police. Pensacola News Journal. For four years, the Hillsborough County school district has been the subject of a federal review of its sexual harassment practices. Tampa Bay Times.
Lobbyists: A lobbyist who until recently represented a host of charter-school organizations is hired to do political work for the Senate’s top education budget-writer. Florida Times-Union.
Early learning: The Lew Williams Center for Early Learning in Pinellas County is on track to open in August. Tampa Bay Times.
Schoolhouse: Hernando Historical Museum Association members break ground on a one-room schoolhouse in Brooksville. Tampa Bay Times.