Florida roundup: Charter schools, athletics, autonomy and more

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. Charter Schools USA appears poised to win approval for four new schools near Tampa. Tampa Bay Times. Palm Beach rejects a series of charter school applications, highlighting tensions. Palm Beach Post. Sun-Sentinel.

Athletics. The perennial legislative debate on high school sports could return on multiple fronts. The Buzz.

Growth. Orange County discusses future campus plans. Orlando Sentinel.

Testing. Panhandle-area superintendents question state assessment results. Pensacola News-Journal. Groups try to push Gov. Rick Scott into the fray. Naked Politics. Orlando Sentinel. A Pasco school district analysis shows results closely track student demographics. Tampa Bay Times. How will testing turmoil affect former Gov. Jeb Bush? Associated Press.

Hypnosis. Victims of a Sarasota principal share bizarre stories. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Sea World. References to the theme park are removed, then restored, on the state Department of Education website. Orlando Sentinel.

Autonomy. Legislation could give some district school leaders more freedom to innovate. Education Week.

Nutrition. A cafeteria manager turns a school’s lunchroom into a de facto community center. Tampa Bay Times.

Administration. Pinellas schools make changes. Gradebook. Lee’s new chief gets positive reviews from the community; the school board is another matter. Fort Myers News-Press.

Teacher quality. A Miami Herald columnist blasts a new state bonus program.

Employee conduct. A bus driver resigns after grabbing a boy’s neck. Sun-Sentinel.

Reading. A South Florida city seeks volunteers. Sun-Sentinel.

Walking. Children celebrate International Walk to School Day. Naples Daily News. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Safety. An eight-year-old is accused of bringing a knife to school and threatening staff. Bradenton Herald.

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