Florida schools roundup: Rick Scott, career education, school zoning & more

Charter schools. A Palm Beach County School Board member questions whether it’s appropriate to allow a charter school to stay in a district building that needs millions of dollars in renovations. Extra Credit.

florida roundup logoCareer education. Manatee students make a splash in two national competitions – one in technology, and the other for career and technical students. Bradenton Herald.

Rick Scott. A new web ad from the Republican Party of Florida highlights teachers who praise Rick Scott. StateImpact Florida, Gradebook.

School zoning. Alachua is looking for better ways to communicate with parents about exceptions that allow students to attend schools other than their zoned schools. Gainesville Sun.

School schedules. South Florida Sun Sentinel: “High school schedules in Broward County won’t change next year despite an arbitrator’s ruling this week that seven-period schedules violated a contract with the teacher’s union.” More from the Miami Herald.

School spending. Polk’s athletic budget has been cut 22 percent since 2007. Lakeland Ledger.

School food. Districts respond to a federal crackdown on yummy stuff. Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Students with disabilities. An F-rated school for students with disabilities in Orange has eliminated its elementary school program and raised questions about the school’s future. Orlando Sentinel.

Math. Orange wants students to take Algebra II before they take Geometry, in an effort to help students who failed the Algebra I end of course exam. Orlando Sentinel.

Porn. Pasco authorities did the right thing in charging a 15-year-old with possession of child pornography after finding images on her iPhone of teens having sex. John Romano.

Cyberbullying. The Tampa Bay Times takes a look at how much the new law changes things.

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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.