Florida schools roundup: STEM majors, school spending, testing & more

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The Commish. Pam Stewart is up for a performance evaluation before the Board of Education next week. Gradebook. StateImpact Florida.

florida-roundup-logoTesting. Three-person panel meets today to begin selecting independent reviewer of state tests. Gradebook. Political Fix Florida.

STEM. Black students in Florida are being steered away from the most lucrative college majors, which tend to be in STEM fields. Bridge to Tomorrow. Some Okaloosa students hear from experts whose jobs hinge on STEM. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Middle schools. The Hernando schoool board backs a plan to create a new center for struggling middle school students. Tampa Bay Times.

Turnaround students. Pasco honors them. Tampa Bay Times.

Principals. One in Broward is Florida’s Principal of the Year. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Employee conduct. A former Orange County principal is reprimanded for not immediately reporting a case of possible child abuse to authorities. Orlando Sentinel.

Student conduct. Student at Sarasota High tased by law enforcement on campus. Sarasota Herald Tribune.

School spending. The Volusia school district tentatively agrees to 3 percent raises for support employees. Daytona Beach News Journal. An advisory board recommends Brevard raise impact fees by $1,500 on new single-family homes. Florida Today.

School grades. Leon Superintendent Jackie Pons asks Gov. Scott to suspend them for a year. Tallahassee Democrat.