Florida roundup: Grad rates, charter schools, open enrollment and more

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florida-roundup-logoGraduation rates. Leon County schools use online credit recovery programs to boost graduation rates — and hide certain students from the state accountability system. Tallahassee Democrat.

Charter schools. The Pinellas school board calls an emergency workshop to discuss picking up the pieces after a charter school operator founders. Gradebook. District officials there say they support a charter school that shares many of academic challenges faced by other schools in South St. Petersburg. Tampa Bay Times.

Open enrollment. School districts start coming to grips with the state’s new open enrollment law. Tampa Bay Times.

Leadership. The NAACP, among others, rally around Alachua County schools chief Owen Roberts. Gainesville Sun. A Leon County superintendent candidate will decide today whether to run for re-election as a city commissioner instead. Tallahassee Democrat. A fifth-grade teacher enters the Bay County superintendent’s race. Panama City News Herald.

School boards. The state’s main school boards association responds to a new, conservative-learning competitor. Politico Florida.

Summer. A district summer camp begins in Pinellas. Gradebook. The University of West Florida offers a cybersecurity-themed summer camp. Pensacola News-Journal.

Politics. Roll Call profiles state Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Kendall, and looks at her work on education.

Testing. Scores in Citrus County are solid. Citrus County Chronicle.

Budgets. Manatee school board members have more than $1 million in discretionary money to “play with” but want increased savings. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Bradenton Herald.

Indicators.  Florida ranks 30 of 50 states on education indicators tracked by the Annie E. Casey foundation. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Employee conduct. A Duval County school resource officer is suspended for mishandling several incidents at his school. Florida Times-Union.

Arrest. A Brevard school board candidate facing possible criminal charges says his arrest was a “travesty.” Florida Today.