Florida schools roundup: Elections, STEM, hazing and more

Travis Pillow

florida-roundup-logoSchool Board elections. Twelve candidates vie for four seats on the Duval County School Board. Florida Times-Union. Two incumbents there draw no challengers. Florida Politics. Former state board member and Gov. Rick Scott appointee John Colon will keep his Manatee County School Board seat after drawing no challengers. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. A Scott-appointed Broward school board member also wins re-election unchallenged, but two other board members draw opponents. South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Pinellas school board races see last-minute shakeups. Gradebook.

Superintendent races. Martin County’s incumbent draws a last-minute challenger. TC Palm. Leon County races for schools chief and other local posts are now set. Tallahassee Democrat.

Charter schools. The Florida Times-Union compares district and charter school test scores in Duval County. A Manatee County charter school will run its own bus fleet, using district-donated buses, to end a simmering transportation dispute. Bradenton Herald.

District growth. The clock is ticking for Volusia schools to create more space, as they prepare for an influx of 1,000 more students next year. Daytona Beach News-Journal. The Lee County school board grapples with a land acquisition deal. Fort Myers News-Press.

Innovation. School systems need to be liberated from bureaucracy, an entrepreneurial educator writes in the Panama City News Herald.

Credit recovery. A former student explains how her district steered her into an online option outside the state’s accountability system — and says she benefited. Tallahassee Democrat.

STEM. Which school districts get the most middle schoolers to pass algebra? Bridge to Tomorrow.

Bonuses. Florida’s Best and Brightest program faces a federal workplace discrimination probe. Naples Daily News.

Cash for credit. A teacher being investigated for having students collect cash in exchange for extra credit on tests loses his job. Palm Beach Post.

Hazing. The Cooper City High School baseball team faces a police investigation. South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Hiring. Volusia County looks to grow its teaching ranks amid a battle with the local union. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Testing. Florida’s system may be flawed, but opting out of state tests isn’t the answer, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.

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