Florida roundup: Charter school closing, school choice battle, pushback & more

School choice battle. The Palm Beach Post sees one unfolding in the coming legislative session.

Charter school closing. Global Outreach Academy, citing financial problems, tells Flagler school district officials on New Year’s Day that it’s shutting down immediately, reports FlaglerLive.com. Another charter school closes mid-year in Lee County, reports the Fort Myers News Press.

2012: Year of pushback. Gradebook.

2013: Year of … Common Core and parent trigger make the Fort Myers News Press list. Testing and Tony Bennett make the Gainesville Sun’s.

algebra nationAlgebra Nation. A new project from UF’s Lastinger Center for Learning offers an online resource to help students, teachers and parents with the Algebra I end of course exam. Gainesville Sun.

More school security. After Newtown, several mayors want metal detectors and guards at all Palm Beach County public schools. Palm Beach Post.

Financial boot camp. High school students learn to manage money through a partnership program with the business community. Miami Herald.

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