Florida roundup: Charter schools, magnet schools, opt-out and more

Travis Pillow

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Charter schools. Why do parents choose charter schools? Why do teachers choose to work in them? The Tampa Bay Times interviews a principal. Hillsborough school board candidates are divided on charter school issues. Tampa Bay Times. The Florida Times-Union looks at Duval charter schools’ audits.

Magnet schools. The Miami Herald profiles a principal at Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy.

Opt-out. The Sun-Sentinel has the latest on the controversy over whether some third graders, whose parents opted them out of state assessments, may be retained.

STEM. A South Florida science teacher follows in her father’s footsteps. Miami Herald. What would happen if former Gov. Jeb Bush took up the cause of STEM excellence? Bridge to Tomorrow.

Testing. Polk teachers examine district end-of-year exams. Lakeland Ledger.

Diversity. Collier County principals don’t reflect the diversity of the district’s students, the NAACP argues. Naples Daily News.

Bonuses. A Sarasota speech pathologist prevailed in an administrative law case, in which she argued she counted as a teacher and was entitled  to a “Best and Brightest” bonus. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Transgender students. A Tampa Bay Times columnist weighs in on the rights of transgender students. The Times profiles a transgender high school graduate.

Leadership. Hillsborough’s new schools chief gets largely strong marks on his first school board evaluation, but is knocked for poor communication. Tampa Bay Times.

Prosecution. The state attorney’s office has not yet decided how to deal with a Brevard school board candidate arrested during a scuffle at a heated meeting. Florida Today.

Priorities. Spending on infrastructure and education creates more jobs than economic development subsidies for companies, a Sarasota Herald-Tribune column argues.

Tutoring. Volusia schools look to save money by switching to an out-of-state provider. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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