Florida roundup: Catholic schools, reading, turnarounds and more

Travis Pillow

Catholic schools. The latest evaluation of Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship program suggests Catholic schools get impressive reading results. The Thomas Fordham Institute’s Ohio Gadfly runs the numbers.

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. A Palm Beach Post columnist rips charter schools.

Turnarounds. The EdFly highlights a successful effort to turn around a struggling Central Florida school.

Transportation. St. Lucie students who live close to their schools may soon have the option of paying for bus service from the district. St. Lucie News-Tribune. The Pasco school district improves communication with its bus system. Tampa Bay Times.

English language learners. Their treatment in the state’s testing and accountability system is the subject of a dispute between Florida and the federal government. Tampa Bay Times.

Reading. The extra hour of reading for 300 struggling schools may be more like a half hour in two Southwest Florida districts. Naples Daily News.

Growth. Hillsborough’s enrollment is up. Gradebook.

Budgets. An impending tax increase and low spending on staffing stir controversy in Leon. Tallahassee Democrat.

Sports. Athletic transfers stir controversy in Pasco. Tampa Bay Times.

Campaigns. The Fort Myers News-Press highlights the legal troubles of one Lee County school board candidate.

Fundraisers. Junk food-based fundraisers could return to Duval schools. Florida Times-Union.

Security. A Sarasota school board member wants to beef up elementary school security. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The Alachua school board agrees not to boost pay for resource officers. Gainesville Sun.

Employee conduct. Seminole district staff face discipline for promoting a tax referendum. Orlando Sentinel. A Martin County gym teacher faces suspension. Stuart News.

Discipline. The Flagler school board tweaks its student code of conduct. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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