Florida schools roundup: Mistakes, misfires, accountability and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoOops. A principal and a teacher are reprimanded after a botched fire-breathing stunt at a Palm Beach pep rally that had been intended to get students fired up for testing season. Palm Beach Post. Sun-Sentinel.

Misfire. Pinellas parents hoping to make it off a school choice waiting list receive a robo-call by mistake. Gradebook.

Change needed. Pinellas school board candidates agree something needs to be done about academic struggles in South St. Petersburg, but find things to disagree on. Saint Petersblog. Gradebook.

Accountability. Florida seeks public input on new federal school accountability guidelines. Gradebook.

Leadership. Alachua County’s superintendent resigns, stoking tensions with the black community. Gainesville Sun. Five apply to be Sarasota schools’ next chief. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. A top Hernando administrator suddenly resigns. Tampa Bay Times.

Elections.  Duval school board member Jason Fischer resigns his seat to run for state House. Florida Times-Union. WJCT. A Tallahassee City Commissioner will seek re-election rather than run for school superintendent. Tallahassee DemocratWFSU.

Security. Broward’s school police department gets a funding boost. Sun-Sentinel.

Real estate. A South Florida high school finalizes a pricey land buy. Miami Herald.

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