Teach for America. It’s looking at Tampa Bay for expansion. Gradebook.
Charter schools. The Orange school board renews four charters and accepts the voluntary closure of another, reports SchoolZone. A charter school’s plans to move in Miami-Dade don’t make its parents or potential new neighbors happy, reports the Miami Herald. A judge rules the principal of an Imagine charter in Sarasota – seeking a split with its parent company – won’t be banned from campus, reports the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
FCAT season. Underway, notes SchoolZone. But some schools in some districts put off the writing test because of bad weather, reports Gradebook. Some worry that tougher writing standards could result in lower school grades, reports the Naples Daily News.
Literacy. A third-grade retention policy like Florida’s would help students in New Mexico. EdFly Blog.
Settlement. The U.S. Justice Department settles with the Palm Beach school district in a case involving complaints of discrimination against immigrant children in enrollment and discipline cases, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. More from the Palm Beach Post.
School closures. The Dade City community in Pasco is upset about the possibility of a historic school’s closure. Tampa Bay Times.
School zoning. The Seminole school board votes to rezone as many as 1,700 elementary school students next fall. Orlando Sentinel.
Arts and music. Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti reiterates a promise to put renewed emphasis on it. Florida Times Union.