Florida roundup: Charter schools, testing, budgets and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. Charter Schools USA applies to open another new school in Collier County. Naples Daily News. A Lee County charter school may require a corrective action plan involving testing. Fort Myers News-Press.

Plagiarism. Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino skewers a plagiarizing principal.

Entrepreneurship. Students at a Gainesville private school make, develop and sell their own sodas. Gainesville Sun.

Testing. National Public Radio looks at the stakes of high school entrance exams, an approach pioneered in Florida. The Palm Beach Post looks at must-pass algebra tests. Proposed budget language would require the American Institutes for Research to help cover the cost of a validity study of its tests. Gradebook. Fort Myers students see an error in SAT test administration. Fort Myers News-Press.

Budgets. Gov. Rick Scott’s priorities, including record per-student education funding, might not get through the legislative meat grinder. Associated Press. School uniform support remains alive in state budget talks. Gradebook.

School boards. Some Clay County school board members contend a meeting wasn’t properly noticed. Florida Times-Union.

Teacher conduct. A teacher faces suspension after losing a student at a jungle-themed attraction. Sun-Sentinel. Another teacher faces suspension for grabbing and hitting a student. Florida Times-Union.

Superintendents. Brevard schools continue to narrow their search. Florida Today.

Teacher evaluations. Pinellas schools could change their approach. Gradebook.

Transportation. The Hillsborough school district wants to hire new drivers and buy news school buses. Gradebook.

Summer slide. Miami-Dade schools encourage summer reading. Miami Herald. More on stopping the summer brain drain from the Orlando Sentinel and Pensacola News-Journal.

Religion. Levy County schools are accused of violating the separation of church and state. Gainesville Sun.

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