Florida schools roundup: Testing, lawsuits, poverty and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoTesting. A testing compromise may suspend the using of testing for third grade retention. Associated Press. Miami Herald. A Pasco parent is part of a new state advisory panel on standards and testing. Tampa Bay Times.

Lawsuits. NBC Miami looks at the lawsuit challenging Florida’s tax credit scholarship program, and the teachers union argues the program is no longer needed because public school choices have grown. The scholarships are administered by Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog and employs the author of this post.

Jeb Bush. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer is the latest to look at the former Florida governor’s education record.

Teachers. Collier school board members raise concerns about political advocacy by teachers. Naples Daily News.

Poverty. A new center in Eastern Hillsborough County aims to provide clothing and other necessities to children in need. Tampa Bay Times.

Athletics. Some high school coaches are outraged by legislation aimed at the Florida High School Athletic Association and the relationship between athletics and school choice. Tampa Bay Times.

Superintendents. Palm Beach County continues its search for a new leader. Palm Beach Post.

School boards. Pasco might join a coalition of Central Florida school districts. Tampa Bay Times.

Violence. Multiple children die of gunshots in Miami, galvanizing the community and angering school system leaders. Miami Herald.

Bathroom breaks. Students and parents are upset after a Pasco school cracks down on students walking the halls. Tampa Tribune.

Student conduct. A Manatee middle school student is accused of battery against a teacher. Bradenton Herald.

Arts. Marion teachers plan to hire more full-time music and art teachers in elementary schools. Ocala Star-Banner.

Extracurricular activities. Some Polk schools overrun their extracurricular budgets. Lakeland Ledger.

Boundaries. Rezoning is in the works in Santa Rosa County. Pensacola News-Journal.

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