Florida roundup: School choice, campaigns, teachers and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoSchool choice. The Associated Press and Miami Herald break down Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist’s respective positions on school choice, including charters and vouchers.

Campaigns. A pro-school choice group, the Florida Federation for Children, gets involved in school board races and other campaigns. Sarasota Herald-TribuneWFTV. Party politics become a factor in a Volusia school board race. Daytona Beach News-Journal. A candidate in another Volusia race is criticized for supporting school choice and enrolling his children in private school. DBNJ. School board races heat up in Marion and Manatee Counties. Ocala Star-BannerBradenton Herald.

Teachers. The Orlando Sentinel profiles a teacher who, like many of her students now, grew up with financial struggles.

Private schools. The Lakeland Ledger profiles a principal at a private school that focuses on students who struggled in other settings. Lakeland Ledger.

Growth. Manatee schools see an influx of new students. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Testing. The Broward school board is poised to become the latest to back a statewide anti-testing resolution. Sun-Sentinel.

Special needs. The head of Broward’s troubled special needs department plans to step down. Sun-Sentinel.

English language learners. StateImpact looks at Florida’s legal stand off with the federal government over testing and ELL students.

Transportation. Hillsborough schools offer new training for bus drivers. Tampa Tribune. Tampa Bay Times.

School names. A Palm Beach high school principal advocates for a name change. Palm Beach Post.

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