Florida roundup: School choice rally, parent trigger, teacher evaluations & more

School choice rally: More than 1,000 turn out in Tallahassee from magnet, charter, voucher, virtual and other school choice sectors (redefinED).

Charter schools. The Broward school district’s former construction chief, forced to resign, now works for Charter Schools USA. Miami Herald.

florida roundup logoSchool rezoning. Boynton Beach version. South Florida Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post.

Teacher conduct. Though criminal charges were dropped, a Palm Beach County band director is suspended for 10 days without pay for allegedly using band funds to bring relatives on a trip to Paris. South Florida Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post.

Teacher evaluations. Orlando Sentinel’s Beth Kassab: “The state’s system for evaluating teachers is nonsense.”

Common Core. School board members from throughout Central Florida meet in Ocala to learn more about Common Core. Ocala Star Banner.

Superintendents. Maybe Lee County’s Joseph Burke won’t retire soon after all. Fort Myers News Press and Naples Daily News.

Parent trigger. Set for final passage in the House Thursday. Associated Press.

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). Ron can be reached at rmatus@stepupforstudents.org or (727) 451-9830. Follow him on Twitter @RonMatus1 and on facebook at facebook.com/redefinedonline.