Florida schools roundup: Leadership, administration, accountability and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoLeadership. Despite hearing citizen concerns, the Alachua school board appoints a longtime district hand as a temporary stand-in for ousted chief Owen Roberts. Gainesville Sun.

Administration. Five Broward schools get new principals. South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Administrative appointments are imminent in Hillsborough schools. Gradebook.

LGBT students. Lake County’s legal battle over a stifled attempt to create a student gay-straight alliance heads to federal appeals court. Daily Commercial. A measure affecting transgender student rights is taken off the Hillsborough school board agenda amid fears of a contentious debate. Gradebook.

Accountability. Florida might “punish” rural Liberty County for pushing large numbers of middle school students into algebra, which may benefit those students in the long term. Bridge to Tomorrow.

Summer. A Pinellas summer bridge program continues to see rising participation. Gradebook.

Video-famous. A Jefferson County school administrator’s video singing the national anthem in the Lincoln Memorial goes viral. WFSU. Tallahassee Democrat.

Elections. State Sen. John Legg, a Pasco County Republican and key figure on education issues, is bowing out of the Legislature for the time being, but is preparing to run for his old seat in 2022. The Buzz.

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