Private schools. A private school contests its removal from state scholarship programs. WFOR.
School boards. The Tampa Bay Times looks at some of the advantages to having a student member. State Board of Education members John Colon resigns from the state board to take a spot in Manatee County. Gradebook.
Testing. Surveys and focus groups shed light on state testing. Miami Herald. Lake school board members continue to cite concerns about state assessments. Daily Commercial. Collier school officials weigh in. Naples Daily News. Leon’s schools chief wants to avoid using test scores to evaluate teachers. WFSU.
Reading. Extra time seems to benefit students in struggling schools. PBS Newshour.
Community schools. Hillsborough officials hope a conversion to a K-8 community school will help revitalize an elementary school. Tampa Bay Times. Alachua school board members want to build a community school. Gainesville Sun.
Poverty. Central Florida schools offer food pantries. Orlando Sentinel.
Campaigns. A parent and educator plans to run for Pasco school board. Gradebook.
School spirit. Can it actually help student performance? Tampa Bay Times.
Teacher pay. A Tampa Tribune column criticizes a teacher bonus program.
Career education. A Broward candy shop works with students to make and sell confections. Sun-Sentinel.
Nutrition. Central Florida schools switch to antibiotic-free chicken. Orlando Sentinel.
Budgets. Rising property values help Manatee schools’ bottom line. Bradenton Herald.
Teacher quality. Tampa Bay districts look to universities nearby for recruitment. Gradebook.
Transportation. Palm Beach’s superintendent call for an investigation of bus problems. Palm Beach Post.