Florida roundup: Charter schools, teacher conduct, testing and more

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florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. The Brevard school district rejects a charter school application that had been in the works for five years. Florida Today. The Broward school board’s lobbyist leaves for Charter Schools USA. Sun-Sentinel.

Testing. Replace Florida tests with national ones, Paul Cottle argues in the Tallahassee Democrat. More here. Broward school board members are divided on the idea. Sun-Sentinel. The state works on a scoring plan for its new tests. Orlando Sentinel. Lee County sets its district testing schedule. Fort Meyers News-Press.

School grades. Superintendents worry they’ll be unfair. Orlando Sentinel.

Tax credit scholarships. The program is one part of a broader education system, Doug Tuthill writes in the Palm Beach Post. He is president of Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog and employs the author of this post.

Overhaul. Duval’s superintendent says a plan to expand choice options and revitalize 17 under-enrolled schools risks “dying on the vine.” Florida Times-Union.

International Baccalaureate. Private schools offer IB programs, too. Palm Beach Post.

Budgets. School boards approve spending plans. Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Tribune. Bradenton Herald. Hernando voters approve a sales tax referendum. Tampa Bay Times. Schools could get a boost in next year’s state budget. News Service of Florida.

Teacher conduct. A charter school teacher is accused of trading lollipops for massages. WPTV.

Teacher pay. Miami-Dade teachers easily approve a new contract with raises. Miami Herald.

Teacher evaluations. The state Supreme Court won’t hear the teachers unions appeal challenging the state’s evaluation law. News Service of Florida.

School boards. Recently departed state Board of Education member John Colon takes his seat in Manatee. Bradenton Herald.

Student health. The Collier school board approves a controversial health initiative. Naples Daily News.

School climate. Survey results look bleak in Manatee schools. Bradenton Herald.

Administration. Lee’s superintendent suddenly announces her looming resignation. Naples Daily NewsFort Myers News-Press. Alachua schools hire a deputy superintendent of operations. Gainesville Sun.

Schedules. Hillsborough students will start school earlier next year. Tampa Tribune.

Growth. Santa Rosa board members plan to meet with county officials to discuss rising enrollment. Pensacola News-Journal.