Florida roundup: Lawsuits, charter schools, Common Core and more

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florida-roundup-logoLawsuits. WFSU looks at the latest developments in Florida’s school choice lawsuits and the drop-the-suit campaign.

Charter schools. A new Pasco charter school focuses on teaching classics. Tampa Bay Times. A charter school faces criticism for not giving teachers money earmarked for pay raises. Sun-Sentinel.

Common Core. A state Senator asks his local school board to resist implementation of the standards. Leesburg Daily Comercial.

Testing. The Orlando Sentinel goes deep on the anti-testing backlash. Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab weighs in. Miami-Dade schools pare back some assessments in response to recent outcry. Miami Herald. The Marion County School Board pushes back against state testing requirements. Ocala Star-Banner.

Campaigns. A mysterious outside group pours money into a Sarasota school board race. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Teacher misconduct. A religious school teacher facing sexual abuse charges commits suicide. Ocala Star-Banner. Duval schools suspend  three teachers. Florida Times-Union.

Growth.  Miami’s schools have room to grow, casting doubts  on a push to build a new school downtown. Miami Herald.

Teachers. A Pasco school informs parents via email and automated phone calls of a teacher’s “very private decision” to change genders. Tampa Bay Times.

Nutrition. New rules limit the use of junk food in school fundraisers. Tampa Tribune.

Administration. A school board member known as “watchdog” questions the qualifications of a district investigator. Bradenton Herald. Sarastoa Herald-Tribune.