Florida roundup: charter schools, magnet schools, science standards & more

Charter schools. A new charter opening in Broward this fall will offer blended learning. THE Journal. The Imagine in Pasco offers an expanded expansion request. Gradebook.

florida roundup logoMagnet schools. The Palm Beach district is speeding up its annual lottery process. Palm Beach Post.

Single-gender schools. The Palm Beach district finds a new home for an all-boys academy. Palm Beach Post.

School choice. Orange will allow students at overcrowded schools to transfer to less-crowded schools. Orlando Sentinel. Okaloosa is ending a horticulture program at one of its high school in part because of lack of interest. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Dual enrollment. The Bradenton Herald writes up the potential effect on Manatee of the Legislature’s cost shift to districts.

NAEP. Scores for older students remain at the same level they were 40 years ago, but achievement is trending up for younger, minority students. Associated Press.

Science. The vast majority of commenters during a review period want Florida to adopt Next Generation Science Standards. Orlando Sentinel.

Jeb Bush. His Foundation for Florida’s Future issues its annual legislative report card.

Rick Scott. In a discussion with teachers of the year from around the state, he stresses increased funding for education. Palm Beach Post. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.

School spending. The Pinellas school board turns down the idea of contracting its police force out to the sheriff’s office, even though it might save money. Gradebook. More from the Tampa Tribune.

Superintendents. Brevard’s Brian Binggeli gets a positive eval and an offer of a three-year contact. Florida Today.

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