Florida roundup: virtual school funding, gun-toting teachers, Florida model & more

Ron Matus

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Virtual school. Florida Virtual School supporters fear a tweak in how per-course funding is calculated will result in big cuts. The Buzz and Tallahassee Democrat.

Charter schools. A Palm Beach County charter school is appealing the school board’s decision to close it, saying the district didn’t do enough to help it, writes the Palm Beach Post. Converting a Lake County Montessori school into a charter would be a good thing, writes Orlando Sentinel columnist Lauren Ritchie.

School security. Gradebook: “A bill that would require Florida schools to have an armed officer on campus unless a principal designates an employee with a concealed carry permit to have a weapon has passed its first hurdle in the state House.” More from The Buzz Miami Herald Sarasota Herald Tribune, Associated Press.

The Florida model. South Carolina should pay attention to what Florida is doing; the Palmetto State spends more per student and yet its average performance for all students is below the average for low-income students in Florida. Charleston City Paper.

Diploma options. The House Education Committee likes the idea. StateImpact Florida.

Teacher pay. The Daytona Beach News Journal likes Gov. Rick Scott’s plan for across-the-board raises.

Teacher evaluations. The Gainesville Sun writes up proposed tweaks to Florida’s much-under-fire new system.

Students with disabilities. Another case of lax oversight involving disabled students in Hillsborough. Tampa Bay Times.

Principals. A Duval County principal is demoted for failing to maintain an orderly environment at her school. Florida Times Union.

Rick Scott. Visits with students at the state science fair. Lakeland Ledger.

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