Florida roundup: Charter schools, school choice, testing and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. Draft House legislation includes provisions aimed at screening out unqualified charter schools. Naples Daily News.

Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor talks school choice and accountability in Tallahassee. Times/Herald. Scripps/TribunePalm Beach Post. Associated PressReuters. Time. Tallahassee Democrat. Wall Street Journal. The New Yorker.

School choice. Magnet and fundamental schools again see an increase in applications in Pinellas County. Gradebook. School choice is bad for students, the director of the National School Boards Association writes in the Palm Beach Post.

Lawsuits. The St. Augustine Record supports the lawsuit against Florida’s tax credit scholarship program in an editorial. A Hebrew school rallies for choice. Sun-Sentinel.

Testing. Broward schools look to pare back the number of tests. Sun-Sentinel. Anti-testing protesters rally in Southwest Florida and Volusia County. Fort Myers News-Press. Daytona Beach News-Journal. Gov. Rick Scott says there is “too much testing” going on in schools. Sentinel School Zone. Opt-out proponents encourage parents to keep their kids home. Orlando Sentinel.

Superintendents. The ouster of a respected leader casts a shadow over the Hillsborough school board. Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Tribune. Duval’s Nikolai Vitti get a B in his latest school board evaluation. Florida Times-Union. A Manatee administrator is a finalist for an out-of-state position. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Bradenton Herald.

Student health. Immunization rates are high in Brevard schools. Florida Today.

Safety. A Palm Beach middle school is evacuated but no chemicals are found. Palm Beach Post.

Religion. Orange County approves a ban on controversial religious materials in schools. Orlando Sentinel.

Athletics. A Vero Beach high school considers drug tests for sports and clubs. Indian River Press-Journal. WPTV. The Polk school district considers hiring an athletic director at every high school. Lakeland Ledger.

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