Florida roundup: Testing, Catholic schools, school choice and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoTesting. State Sen. Don Gaetz pledges to pursue changes to state testing policy. The Buzz. More students participate in SAT testing, but just over a third rate college-ready. Orlando Sentinel. Palm Beach officials say students should be allowed to use the SAT in place of state assessments. Sun-Sentinel. Palm Beach Post.

Catholic schools. The Diocese of St. Petersburg draws applicants looking to be its next leader. Gradebook.

Charter schools. Teachers from a shuttered charter school are still owed money.  Pensacola News-Journal.

STEM. A magnet-school student scores at the science fair. Northwest Florida Daily News. Tallahassee-area students travel to math competitions. Tallahassee Democrat.

School choice. Uniforms, new choice programs and other changes are among a suite of reforms the Duval school board will consider over the coming months. Florida Times-Union.

Growth. Lee officials debate how to accommodate growth. Fort Myers News-Press. Manatee’s school population grows by hundreds. Bradenton Herald. Sarasota debates impact fees. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Athletics. The perennial conflict over high school sports could resurface in the Florida Legislature. Saint Petersblog.

Language. Spanish speakers in Miami-Dade might not become truly bilingual and biliterate if they aren’t taught that way in school. Ed Central.

Gifted. A grant program aims to bring more students from under-represented groups into gifted and talented programs. Orlando Sentinel.

Rankings. Three Collier schools get high marks from Newsweek. Naples Daily News.

Uniforms. Volusia schools plan to survey parents on the concept. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Facilities. Panama City still needs extra money for an after-school facility. Panama City News Herald.

Administration. The Manatee district fills out its top ranks. Bradenton Herald.

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