FL schools roundup: Charter schools, literacy, Common Core & more

Charter schools: Plans for a 2,600-student charter school in Pembroke Pines could be put on hold, thanks to a brewing legal battle between the city and neighboring Southwest Ranches. Sun Sentinel. Broward County school district auditors find that five charter schools ended last school year in “deteriorating financial condition,” spending more money than they took in. Sun Sentinel. Pasco school officials raise concerns about the Legislature’s move to make it easier for charter schools to open and operate in the state. Tampa Bay Times. The Visible Men Academy, an all-boys charter school, receives a $15,750 grant from the Manatee Community Foundation. Bradenton Herald. The claims of some charter or magnet school administrators that they don’t “cherry-pick” students and “have always included all kids” appear to be at odds with the facts, writes William Hahn for The Ledger. Lawmakers look for incentives to attract high-impact charter networks from out of state. redefinED.

florida-roundup-logoTraditional schools: Polk County’s superintendent of schools adds to her list of ideas for improving public schools, including auditing all noncharter public schools. The Ledger. The Escambia County School Board reinstates a local food service company that district officials had recommended for suspension. Pensacola News-Journal. 

Common Core: A Broward County high school teacher posts a year’s worth of algebra II lessons to a new website offering free instruction for the new math and language arts standards. StateImpact Florida.

Literacy: An inflatable planetarium helps West Hernando middle school students learn about nighttime sky, and connect literacy to science and technology. Tampa Bay Times. A Hernando elementary school looks to racing to entice students to read. Tampa Bay Times.

Conduct: Nearly three months after the death of a former Hillsborough high school principal’s wife, a sheriff’s investigation continues as does a separate stalking case against a school district clerk. Tampa Bay Times.

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