Florida roundup: Superintendents, STEM, school recognition and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoSuperintendents. It’s not elected-vs-appointed that matters; it’s the quality of leadership, state Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, writes in the Pensacola News-Journal.  Palm Beach school board members are incensed that their superintendent is job-hunting in nearby districts. Palm Beach Post.  Duval Superintedent Nikolai Vitti gives the school board his self-evaluation. Florida Times-Union. Volusia’s superintendent is expected to resign tonight. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Testing. Florida students cannot legally opt out of standardized testing. Orlando Sentinel.

STEM. A Central Florida private school students wins recognition for science research. Orlando Sentinel. Gov. Rick Scott promotes STEM programs in the Panhandle. Pensacola News-Journal.

School recognition. Marion schools receive their share of state school recognition funding. Ocala Star-Banner.

PLSAs. Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts helped a fifth grader with special needs achieve independence, his mother writes on the EdFly. The program is administered by organizations like Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog and employs the author of this post.

Rankings. Okaloosa schools rate highly in new school rankings. Northwest Florida Daily News.

State Education Department. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart appoints a new K-12 chancellor. Gradebook. Gainesville Sun.

Class size. Palm Beach schools face a six-figure class-size penalty. Sun-Sentinel.

Teacher conduct. A private school teacher is sentenced to hundreds of years of jail time in a child porn case. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Student health. Hillsborough high school students are being tested for tuberculosis. Tampa Tribune.

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