Florida roundup: Teachers unions, school choice, testing and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoTeachers unions. Florida’s fight over school choice figures prominently in this Wall Street Journal column on teachers unions’ political setbacks.

School choice. Incoming Congressional Republicans count federal school choice legislation among their plans. Education Week. Parents clamor for¬†a magnet school and other changes during a town-hall meeting with Alachua’s new superintendent. Gainesville Sun.

Charter schools. The Tampa Bay Rays donate playground equipment to a Title I charter school. Bradenton Herald.

Digital learning. Flagler schools sign off on a new state-mandated digital classrooms plan. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Growth. Escambia County plans to build a new school after a tax referendum passes. Pensacola News-Journal.

Testing. The paring back of local testing calendars is good news. The EdFly.

Arts. High school band programs in Hernando County schools struggle. Tampa Bay Times.

School boards. Newly elected members go through orientation. Tampa Tribune.

Employee misconduct. A whistle-blower accuses an administrator currently acting as a whistle-blower of using school district funds for construction at his home. Tallahassee Democrat. A teacher is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Florida Times-Union.

STEM. A teacher is recognized for helping students improve in science. Palm Beach Post.

Success. A newly appointed federal judge recalls his roots in Marion County schools. Ocala Star-Banner.

Breastfeeding. A woman breastfeeding causes a stir at an elementary school. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Transportation. Treasure coast school districts may seek EPA grants to upgrade their buses. St. Lucie News Tribune.

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