Florida roundup: Charter schools, budgets, construction and more


florida-roundup-logoBudgets. More funding for public schools, plenty of projects and an expansion of Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts are all part of the Legislature’s budget deal. Orlando Sentinel. Sun-SentinelTimes/Herald. Sarasota Herald-TribuneredefinED.

Growth. The Sarasota school district will need to build multiple schools over the next decade to accommodate projected growth. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The Manatee County Commission agrees to sell land to a charter school to give it room to expand. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Bradenton Herald.

Charter schools. A troubled, and now shuttered, Escambia charter will get only partial payments for the end of the year. Pensacola News-Journal.

Facilities. The Escambia school board agrees to buy land for a new middle school. Pensacola News-Journal.

Discipline. The Hillsborough school board debates disparities among minority students. Tampa Tribune.

Superintendents. Brevard hires its next chief, a top Broward administrator. Florida Today. Sun-Sentinel.


Administration. Duval principals report a big jump in engagement on a district survey. Florida Times-Union. A former Manatee district employee’s reinstatement bid is rebuffed in a lawsuit. Bradenton Herald.

Pay scales. Broward district officials debate salary schedules. Sun-Sentinel.

Security. Cops can continue living on select Broward school campuses. Sun-Sentinel.

Teacher conduct. A former teacher charged with child abuse loses her license. Orlando Sentinel.

Test results. Collier and Brevard students beat the state average on end-of-course tests. Naples Daily News. Florida Today.

Contracts. Volusia schools dump an under-performing custodial firm and hire a new one. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Guidance. Hillsborough guidance counselors are spread thin. Tampa Bay Times.