Single gender: StateImpact Florida talks to the principal of an all-girls public school in Hillsborough County.
Vouchers: From the Gradebook blog: A husband and wife whose private Milwaukee voucher school abruptly closes last month move to Florida and open a new school in Daytona Beach. Journal Sentinel.
Teachers: Orange County’s Dorina Sackman is recognized as one of the best teachers in the nation. Orlando Sentinel. Five teachers are up for suspension in Hillsborough County for performance reasons. Tampa Bay Times.
Restructuring: Hernando County schools superintendent Lori Romano will soon submit a proposal to restructure the district’s administration. Tampa Bay Times.
Say no: Inspired by his loved ones’ struggles with drug addiction, a Cooper City middleschooler wins a national contest to dress up his home with a drug-free message. Sun Sentinel.
School audits: An independent auditor finds problems in bookkeeping practices at 98 percent of Polk County schools reviewed last school year. The Ledger.
Standardized testing: Standardized, a movie that argues testing is “ruining public education,” is set for a free screening in Orlando next week and features Orange County School Board member Rick Roach. Orlando Sentinel.
School grades: The Jacksonville Public Education Fund releases its recommendations for Florida to revamp its nearly 15-year-old school grading system. Florida Times-Union.
Fitness grams: Polk County schools give students “Fitness Gram” assessments as part of an ongoing focus on obesity. The Ledger.
Lawsuit: A former Hillsborough County high school math teacher now running for the school board sues the district superintendent, saying she has a legal duty to schedule a grievance hearing for him before the elected board. Tampa Bay Times.
Conduct: The 11-year-old Lee County middle school student whose head was shaved by a school counselor transfers to another school. Fort Myers News-Press.