Florida schools roundup: Common Core, superintendents, turnarounds & more

School grades. Low grades create more teacher turnover, a teacher columnist argues. StateImpact Florida.

florida roundup logoTurnaround schools. Pushback in Pasco yields some flexibility from the state. Tampa Bay Times.

Charter schools. The League of Women Voters ask questions in Polk. Lakeland Ledger.

Common Core. Administrators are training for Common Core too. StateImpact Florida.

GPAs. A proposed change in how they’re calculated in Pasco stirs debate. Tampa Bay Times.

Principals. St. Lucie will have 13 new ones in August. TCPalm.com.

Superintendents. Duval board members evaluate Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, reports the Florida Times Union. Alachua Superintendent Dan Boyd wins the Florida School Boards Association’s President’s Award, reports the Gainesville Sun. New Lee Superintendent Nancy Graham starts shaking up administrative staff, reports the Fort Myers News Press. More from the Naples Daily News.

School safety. A third custodian is considered a suspect in the shooting deaths of two custodians at a West Palm Beach high school. Palm Beach Post.

School spending. A Marion school board member suggests some controversial cost-savings ideas to save teacher jobs, including having staff clean their own schools and either shutting down or charging students to attend IB programs. Ocala Star Banner.

Reading. More than 100 residents turn out to kick off a reading mentoring program for kids in Fort Meade. Lakeland Ledger.

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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.