Florida roundup: Charter schools, immigration, legislation and more

Superintendents. Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho says he believes in standing up for undocumented immigrants because he was one himself. The 74. Duval County School Board declines to make a counter-offer to superintendent Nikolai Vitti, who’s poised to return to his native Michigan and lead Detroit’s embattled public school system. Florida Times-Union. Candidates to lead Flagler County schools meet with the public. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Scholarship bill passes. The Florida House unanimously approves legislation that would expand or enhance Gardiner scholarships and tax credit scholarships. redefinED. Step Up For Students, which publishes this blog, helps administer both programs.

Charter schools. The Jefferson County School board enters a five-year agreement with charter operator Somerset Academy. Tallahassee Democrat. Can charters get city funding to run summer camp programs? Jacksonville officials debate. Florida Times-Union.

Charter legislation. An under-the-radar charter school bill that would give public school leaders more control over Title I funding clears the House. redefinED.

More education bills. A testing bill may become a legislative “train,” with recess mandates and other issues hitching a ride. News Service of Florida. Gradebook.

Special needs. An autistic boy’s arrest in school, caught on tape by his mother, sets off a firestorm of controversy. Associated Press. Washington Post.

Creditworthiness. Miami-Dade schools get a bond rating upgrade. Miami Herald.

Third-grade retention. Lawyers debate where a legal challenge to the state’s policy should be heard. Gradebook.

Funding. Pasco officials debate whether impact fees or tax levies are the best way to cover the cost of accommodating new growth. Gradebook.

Employee conduct. A school resource officer gets caught sending explicit text messages. Tampa Bay Times. A high school athletic director is accused of video voyeurism involving a minor. Palm Beach Post. A school janitor is accused of inappropriately touching a six-year-old. Lakeland Ledger. A bus driver is accused of battery on a 13-year-old student. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Rumors. School officials try to debunk a social media message suggesting a high school will be closed. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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