Florida roundup: School boards, testing, charter schools and more

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Charter schools. Palm Beach County charter enrollment tops 20,000 students, and district schools are growing too. Palm Beach Post. More here.

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 HeraldLake school board members continue to cite concerns about state assessments. Daily Commercial. Collier school officials weigh in. Naples Daily NewsLeon’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.

Technology. Pinellas schools lock students out of the district’s wifi, and students seek workarounds. Tampa Bay Times. Lee school officials apologize for a ParentLink glitch. Fort Myers News-Press.

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.

Enrolllment. Manatee and Marion schools grew more slowly than expected. Bradenton Herald. Ocala Star-Banner. The Palm Beach Post identifies the district’s most overcrowded school.

Campaigns. A parent and educator plans to run for Pasco school board. Gradebook.

School spirit. Can it actually help student performance? Tampa Bay Times.

Security. A Pensacola student is arrested for possessing a gun. Pensacola News-Jounal. Brevard schools beef up security. Florida Today.

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.

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Travis Pillow
Travis Pillow is the former editor of redefinED. He spent his early professional career reporting on the inner workings of state government for a variety of news organizations, and became immersed in Florida's education policy debates while covering schools and the Legislature for the Tallahassee Democrat. A product of Seminole County Public Schools, he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 2010. Reach him at tpillow@sufs.org or (407) 376-3105. Also, follow him on Twitter @travispillow.