Florida schools roundup: charter schools, career academies, cat dissections & more

Charter schools. Green light given for golfer Ernie Els’ $30 million charter school for children with autism, reports the Palm Beach Post. Students at a Duval charter get a moving lesson in bullying prevention, reports the Florida Times Union.

florida roundup logoCareer academies. Fort Meade High School gets four of them. Lakeland Ledger.

School spending. Florida’s per-pupil funding isn’t as bad as it looks. StateImpact Florida.

School security. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says merging with the district police force wouldn’t be a good idea, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post. Heightened school security is part of the “State of the Schools” address from Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Flagler officials give the sheriff the go ahead to seek a grant to pay for deputies serving in elementary schools, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal.

School grades. A Volusia high school should have been awarded a C rather than a D last year, but missed a deadline for submitting data to the state. Daytona Beach News Journal.

Testing. First big round of FCAT results scheduled for release today. Gradebook.

Cat dissections. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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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.