Florida schools roundup: Testing, lawsuits, school choice and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoLawsuits. A Sun-Sentinel opinion piece praises the lawsuit challenging Florida’s tax credit scholarship program, which is administered by organizations like Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog.

School choice. Transferring out of neighborhood schools becomes commonplace, as thousands of Duval students take advantage of school choice programs. Florida Times-Union. Pinellas schools work to lure students with a new marketing campaign. Tampa Bay Times.

Technology. Students are often moving into the digital age ahead of their schools, but that’s starting to change. Tampa Bay Times.

Charter schools. A charter school founder and school board member in Collier County wins a state education award. Naples Daily News. The number of applications fell last year, but the approval rate increased. Naples Daily News. A Duval charter on the verge of closure gets temporary reprieve. Florida Times-Union.

Single gender. The New York Times explores the resurgence of single gender programs in Florida.

Magnet schools. A robotics magnet is part of the turnaround plan for a struggling Seminole County school. Orlando Sentinel. A South Florida magnet school’s building becomes a lesson in energy efficiency. Sun-Sentinel.

Catholic schools. A new Catholic school is planned in Tampa. Tampa Tribune.

Testing. Florida’s third grade retention policy will remain in place during the switch to new assessments. StateImpact. The Palm Beach Post explores the dispute between Florida and federal officials over testing for English language learners.¬†

Arts. The Tampa Tribune profiles a local conservatory.

Reading. A philanthropic effort aims to improve reading results for students. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Crowd funding. Teachers are finding new ways to raise money for classroom supplies. Miami Herald.

Diversity. Florida’s public schools are among the most diverse in the country. Palm Beach Post.

Growth. More schools may need to be built to serve fast-growing parts of Hillsborough County, a Tampa Tribune columnist writes.

Dropout prevention. A new Hillsborough program targets at-risk students. Tampa Bay Times.

School safety. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, is back with a revamped attempt to allow schools to designate personal who can carry guns. Bradenton Herald.

Volunteers. A Tampa Bay Times columnist likens an outgoing school board member, and longtime school volunteer, to a saint.

Administration. A former district official goes digging for dirt in Lee County schools records. Fort Myers News-Press.

Teachers. A Leon County high school teacher lives the environmental lessons she teachers. Tallahassee Democrat. A Hernando teacher poised to retire prepares a final Thanksgiving feast for her kindergarten class. Tampa Bay Times.

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