Florida roundup: Lawsuits, campaigns, charter schools and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoLawsuits. An advertisement targeting the lawsuit against Florida’s tax credit scholarship program airs during Florida’s gubernatorial debate. Orlando Sentinel.

Campaigns. An Orlando Sentinel columnist castigates political mailers from a pro-school choice group. A spat over a pro-school choice group’s backing briefly sidetracks a Sarasota school board meeting. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Two education veterans angle for a Hillsborough school board seat. Tampa Tribune.

Charter schools. The Broward school district moves to close two charters, citing academic shortcomings and accounting problems. Sun-Sentinel. Lee county rejects five charter applications. Naples Daily News. A former city mayor questions the racial balance at a charter school. Extra Credit.

Career education. Vocational classes return to Flagler high school campuses. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Testing. The state needs fewer, better, meaningful tests, Patricia Levesque writes for Sunshine State News. More from Gradebook. Broward school board protests high-stakes testing. Sun-Sentinel. The Alachua school board calls for a delay of testing consequences. Gainesville Sun.

School boards. Wayne Blanton, the longtime leader of the Florida School Boards Association, announces his retirement. Gradebook.

Common Core. An anti-Common Core group is backing Gov. Rick Scott. Sunshine State News.

Budgets. Pinellas schools hires a bevy of substitute teachers to comply with class-size requirements, but they may be allowed to leave their posts by the end of the month. Tampa Bay Times. A Sun-Sentinel columnist writes that he’s voting yes on two Broward ballot measures for kids, including a bond referendum for schools.

Superintendents. The Pinellas superintendent receives high marks from the school board. Tampa Tribune.

Language. Schools officials say they need a friendlier word than “drop out.” Gradebook.

Spanish. Pinellas schools plan new Spanish clubs for elementary schools. Tampa Bay Times.

LGBT. South Florida school districts mark LGBT History Month. Sun-Sentinel.

Security. Lee County schools plan to add resource officers in elementary schools. Fort Myers News-Press.

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