Grade appeal: Two West Palm Beach County schools are among 12 in the state appealing their overall grades to the Florida Department of Education. Sun Sentinel.
Charter schools: Pinellas County’s newest charter school, University Preparatory Academy, draws complaints concerning students with behavioral problems. Tampa Bay Times.
Common Core: Will new Common Core standards mean less teaching to the test? StateImpact Florida.
Special needs: A Palm Beach high school culinary club partners with Autism Speaks to develop a cooking program that helps kids with autism make friends. Sun Sentinel.
Enrollment: Palm Beach County schools lose more than 1,000 students in official district count while charter school enrollment booms. Palm Beach Post.
Drop in: Orange County educators will visit former students who have dropped out of school to persuade them to return. Orlando Sentinel.
Mentors: What the Polk County School District needs now is more mentors, says the district’s Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy. The Ledger.
The arts: “Orange County has reached a milestone,” writes columnist Scott Maxwell. “We have at least one art or music teacher in every school. That is both impressive … and sad.” Orlando Sentinel.
Name change: A social media campaign gains steam toward changing the name of a Jacksonville high school named after the first grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan. Florida Times-Union.