Interim chief: Florida’s chancellor of public schools, Pam Stewart, will step in again as interim education commissioner after Tony Bennett’s resignation. The Buzz. Is all this hoopla a sign the top education post should be an elected position? The Buzz. And the Sun Sentinel editorialized, “Rather than a divisive leader, let’s find a crusader who can rally disparate people around a common shared value: creating a prosperous future for Florida’s children.” More from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times.
Hot mess: The Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell writes that even before Tony Bennett resigned, we knew things were messed up with Florida education. Bennett’s controversy casts a pall on school grading systems. Times/Herald. More from TCPalm and Tallahassee Democrat. ”If the goal of school grades is to clearly communicate quality, then Florida has consistently earned an F,” writes Mark Woods of the Florida Times-Union.
Civil rights: The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and the Southern Poverty Law Center file a complaint alleging the state’s race-based education goals for minority students violate civil rights law. Sun Sentinel.
Outreach: Broward County’s South Plantation High School students start a website for socially isolated middle school students. Sun Sentinel. Miami’s Edison High offers dual-language program in English and Creole. Miami Herald. A preschool for students with autism expands into an academy for 5- and 6-year-olds with the disorder. Miami Herald.
Charter schools: An F grade for Orange County’s Renaissance Charter School at Chickasaw Trail could result in its parent chain, Charter Schools USA, losing its “high-performing” status. Orlando Sentinel. Academica is taking over the small Somerset Bay at Pinewood Acres charter in East Kendall, but hasn’t told residents how many students to expect. Miami Herald. Polk County school district receives five new charter applications. The Ledger.