Florida schools roundup: Catholic schools, teacher pay, accountability gaming & more

Catholic schools. Yet another Catholic school closes, this one in Palm Beach County, with many students turning to charter schools. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

florida roundup logoCharter schools. One in east Hillsborough will close after multiple issues, reports the Tampa Tribune. Dayspring Academy in Pasco, co-founded by state Sen. John Legg, wants to expand to two more campuses, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Virtual schools. A struggling teen in Hernando takes 10 online courses in a comeback surge to graduate on time. Tampa Bay Times.

Accountability. Florida has taken steps to prevent gaming of the system. EdFly Blog.

Common Core. The Council of Chief State School Officers opposes delays in accountability requirements as states adjust. StateImpact Florida.

Teacher pay. Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning says the Leg didn’t increase funding enough to give teachers the raises that Gov. Rick Scott envisioned. Gradebook.

Teacher conduct. A Polk teacher who said she and her father were dying was apparently lying so she could skip school. WFTV.

Teacher layoffs. Manatee Superintendent Rick Mills tells parents they’re necessary. Bradenton Herald. More from the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

IB. Hillsborough is working out transportation for IB students despite district-wide cuts in bus service. Gradebook.

School spending. The Palm Beach County school district eliminates its $60 million capital budget deficit, in part by deferring some construction, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. But officials say putting off construction projects will only make it worse in the long run, reports the Palm Beach Post.

Kiera Wilmot. Her attorney says she won’t be expelled. Orlando Sentinel.

Reading. University of West Florida partners with an Escambia elementary school on a program to boost reading fluency among fifth graders. Pensacola News Journal.

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director of Research & Special Projects 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).