Florida schools roundup: Charter schools, Race to the Top and more

Travis Pillow

IMG_0001.JPGCharter schools. Abrupt failures of two charter schools take students and teachers by surprise. Orlando Sentinel. Florida Times-Union. WESHCentral Florida News 13.

Testing. Hillsborough schools officials explain why they aren’t as quick to cut back on testing as some other districts. Gradebook. What happens when there’s a testing mishap? Leesburg Daily Commercial.

Achievement. An Immokalee student heads to Columbia, getting a write-up in People magazine. Hernando schools celebrate turnaround students. Tampa Bay Times.

Teacher appreciation. Palm Beach schools recognize top teachers. Sun-Sentinel. A Seminole teacher is a finalist for a state award. Orlando Sentinel.

Race to the Top. Florida school districts spend the last of their Race to the Top funds. Gradebook.

Funding. Hernando sets the date for a school district sales tax referendum. Tampa Bay Times.

Labor. Teacher contract negotiations break down in Santa Rosa. Pensacola News-Journal.

STEM. Southwest Florida high school students show off their physics prowess by building catapults. Fort Myers News-Press.

Teacher conduct. A social media celebrity figures into a teacher’s contested termination proceeding. Tampa Tribune.

School boards. The Palm Beach school board gives its inspector general top marks. Sun-Sentinel.

Controversy. A school’s Civil War re-enactment offends some parents. WCTV.

Transportation. Students learn the benefits of walking and biking to school. Naples Daily News. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Drug testing. Students in Indian River County face stricter drug tests than their peers inn neighboring school districts. Indian River Press-Journal.

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