Florida roundup: Demographics, school choice, STEM and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoDemographics. Matthew Ladner offers a grim look at the demographic pressures facing Florida and their implications for education policy.

School choice. Palm Beach County schools aim to beef up choice programs at schools with flagging enrollment numbers. Palm Beach Post.

STEM. Paul Cottle finds a few school districts that do relatively good job enrolling students in physics courses – and several that offer none at all. A top Marion County teacher who helped launched a STEM-focused magnet program is headed to a new role in Washington. Ocala Star-Banner.

Accountability. Matthew Di Carlo uses Florida’s current standoff with the federal government over testing of English Language Learners to underscore a broader critique of the state’s accountability system.

Contracting. It’s not yet clear who’s being targeted in a federal investigation of Leon County Schools construction contracts. Tallahassee Democrat.

Religion. A haiku mentioning Islam causes a stir in Walton County schools. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Mentors. Mentors focus on students in struggling Alachua County schools. Gainesville Sun.

Safety. A student is arrested after threatening gun violence. Panama City News Herald.

Financial literacy. Manatee students get a lesson in financial planning. Bradenton Herald.

Campaigns. The Sun-Sentinel writes up the legal travails of Palm Beach’s ex-porn star, now-former school board candidate.

Parent involvement. Pinellas schools hope to connect with parents through a new phone app. Tampa Tribune.

Recess. Parent demands for recess mount across Central Florida school districts. Orlando Sentinel.

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