Charter schools: University Preparatory Academy in Pinellas County names a new principal, a public school transformation coach from North Carolina. Tampa Bay Times. The Lake Wales Charter Schools board of trustees approves a pay bump for more than 400 instructional and non-instructional personnel. The Ledger.
Magnet schools: Pinellas County School Board members explore reopening two shuttered schools, turning them into technology centers. The Tampa Tribune.
FCAT: Five standardized test makers formally apply to help create a replacement for the FCAT by 2015, and a sixth also wants to be considered for the job. Orlando Sentinel.
GED: StateImpact Florida looks at the growing alternatives to the GED.
Lobbyists: Contract extensions of two longtime lobbyists that the Palm Beach County School Board approved and then rescinded are back before the board. Palm Beach Post.
Job switch: Hernando County’s superintendent moves her assistant superintendent to the district’s manager of warehouse and purchasing. Tampa Bay Times.
Wish lists: The Polk County School Board offers up its legislative priorities, with a “critical needs” tax at the top of the list. The Ledger.
Mentoring: Elevate Orlando puts students and teacher-mentors together in the classroom, after school and on weekends. Orlando Sentinel.
New name: Duval County School Board members vote unanimously to change the name of Nathan B. Forrest High School, casting aside the name that many associate with slavery, Civil War crimes and racism. Florida Times-Union. More from StateImpact Florida.
New attitude: Positive Behavior Support System is an unconventional approach to discipline that Escambia County and a growing number of school districts across the country are trying to help improve student learning. Pensacola News-Journal.
Real life: The unhealthy Indian River Lagoon becomes an environmental lesson for Treasure Coast students. TC Palm.