Charter school conversion: A local NAACP affiliate parted company with the national organization to support a charter school conversion. Reason.
Charter schools. Four apply to open in Polk County. Lakeland Ledger. Indian River charters reach a settlement agreement with the school district in the wake of a funding lawsuit. TC Palm. A Manatee charter may appeal its rejected application. Bradenton Herald. An NBC News investigation finds missing equipment from a defunct charter school. WTVJ.
Facilities. Construction delays push back the opening of a Hillsborough charter school. Tampa Bay Times.
Mistreatment. A parent’s recording device catches a school resource officer berating a child with autism. Tampa Bay Times.
HB 7069. Democratic state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, proposes revisions to the sweeping education law. Gradebook. The Duval school board weighs joining the legal fight against the law. Florida Times-Union.
Rankings. Magnet schools dominate the Palm Beach Post‘s list of the best of the best.
Flooding. Heavy rains close Southwest Florida schools. Naples Daily News.
Facilities. The Broward school district keeps pushing back the timetable for school repairs funded by a recent bond issue. South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Cash-strapped Lee County schools grapple with overcrowding. Fort Myers News-Press. Hillsborough officials continue to deal with late-summer air conditioning woes. Gradebook.
HB 7069. U.S. Rep Cathy Castor encourages the Hillsborough County School Board to sue. Saint Petersblog.
Shortage? Pasco County schools grapple with fewer teacher vacancies than initially feared. Tampa Bay Times.
Legislation. Senate President Joe Negron says education funding is among the most difficult spending issues lawmakers will try to resolve this session. Tallahassee Democrat. Budget talks between the House and Senate appear to be at an impasse. The Buzz.
Schools of Hope. Florida House members say attracting charter school operators remains an important part of their plan to transform persistently struggling schools. redefinED. Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano blasts the plan as a “gimmick.” District officials criticize it. Pensacola News-Journal. Activists decry an alleged conspiracy. Tallahassee Democrat.
Failure factories. A principal at a struggling Pinellas County school is caught saying by email that white students should be grouped in classes together, then fails to provide a complete explanation. Tampa Bay Times.
Superintendents. A Duval school board member wants to try to keep district schools chief Nikolai Vitti around. Florida Times-Union. Vitti was hired to make changes. Were they enough? Times-Union. A legal battle over transparency stalls his talks for a new job in Detroit. Detroit Free Press.
McKay scrutiny. Orlando Sentinel columnist Lauren Ritchie argues there’s a lack of oversight in Florida’s McKay scholarship program, which provides vouchers to children with special needs.
Charter school conversion. The Polk County Schol Board is set to discuss a plan in which the Lake Wales charter school system would take over a struggling middle school. Lakeland Ledger.
Teacher salaries. A teacher salary likely won’t cover the cost of living in Miami-Dade. Miami Herald.
Recess legislation. There’s still time to tackle playtime, Florida’s House Speaker says. Times/Herald.
Crowding. Palm Beach high schools are expected to “burst at the seems” next year. But for middle schools, it’s a different story. School choice and competition part of the reason why. Palm Beach Post.
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.