Florida schools roundup: STEM, teacher evaluations, TFA and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoSTEM. Two charters and one magnet school do especially well getting disadvantaged students to pass state science tests. Bridge to Tomorrow.

Teacher evaluations. A teachers union lawsuit against Florida’s evaluation system stumbles in federal court. Gradebook. Sentinel School Zone.

School choice. A Polk County school will now only be open to students assigned to its zone. Lakeland Ledger.

Testing. The state’s testing validity study remains a work in progress. Gradebook.

TFA. Teach for America hires a new leader in Jacksonville. Florida Times-Union.

Budgets. Palm Beach’s new superintendent talks about the need for “strategic shedding” of unnecessary budget items. Palm Beach Post. The Alachua school district and sheriff’s office debate funding for school resource officers. Gainesville Sun.

Uniforms. A Lake County elementary school plans to make school uniforms mandatory next school year. Leesburg Daily Commercial.

Career education. Tampa Bay counties work with German companies to run apprenticeship programs. StateImpact.

Calendars. Duval schools plan an earlier start to the school year. Florida Times-Union.

Community schools. A grant will help an Escambia school provide more wraparound services. Pensacola News-Journal.

Lawsuits. A former administrator’s defamation lawsuit against the Manatee school district is partially dismissed. Bradenton Herald. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Summer. A St. Johns technical school helps students prepare for next school year. St. Augustine Record.

Resource officers. Cops in Okaloosa schools gain national recognition.  Northwest Florida Daily News.

Contracts. A new company is expected to take over a troubled software contract in Brevard. Florida Today.

RIP. One of the last of the Tuskegee Airmen helped integrate Miami-Dade public schools. Miami Herald.

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