Florida roundup: Elections, charter schools, PLSAs and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoElections. Gov. Rick Scott wins re-election in a race where funding, testing and school choice all emerged as issues. Education Week. School board election results from around the state: Florida Times-Union. Tampa Bay Times (more here). Tampa Tribune (more here). Creative Loafing TampaFlorida Today. Palm Beach Post. Sun-Sentinel. Orlando Sentinel. Fort Myers News-Press. Naples Daily News (more here). Daytona Beach News-Journal. Ocala Star-Banner. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (more here). Bradenton Herald. Stuart News.

PLSAs. The first participating parents of special needs students start receiving funds through Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts. Florida Times-Union. Watchdog.Org. redefinED.

Charter schools. The Duval County school board rejects half a dozen charter applications, but approves a substantial expansion of KIPP. Florida Times-Union.

Budgets. Broward voters overwhelmingly back a bond referendum to help pay for school construction and repair. Miami Herald. Sun-Sentinel. Election results show school-related tax referenda passing in Orange, Palm Beach, Escambia, Marion and Brevard. WFTV. Palm Beach Post. Pensacola News-JournalFlorida Today. Ocala Star-Banner.

 Dropout prevention. Flexible hours and virtual courses are part of Polk’s new option for students who have fallen behind. Lakeland Ledger.

Teacher pay. A Manatee pay raise is ready for ratification by rank and file teachers. Bradenton Herald.

STEM. A meteorologist teaches Flagler fifth graders about the weather. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Testing. The Pasco school board may wade into the testing controversy. Tampa Bay Times.

Teacher misconduct. A Pasco teacher resigns following an arrest. Gradebook.

Extracurricular activities. A Pasco school sets up a club for students interested in law enforcement. Tampa Bay Times.

School lunch. Cafeteria workers hold taste-tests with students. Gainesville Sun.

Technical schools. A Sarasota technical school’s expansion gets underway. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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