Charter schools. Pasco’s Dayspring Academy, where state Sen. John Legg is an administrator, puts off expansion plans for a year. Gradebook. An F-rated charter in Flagler shows improvement. Daytona Beach News Journal.
Magnet schools. The Palm Beach County district considers two arts magnets for the south end of the district. Palm Beach Post.
Grading. Orange high schools are moving to a grading system where 50 is the floor, not zero. Orlando Sentinel.
Parental involvement. A prestigious Palm Beach County magnet is one of 10 schools statewide to be recognized by the Florida Department of Education. Extra Credit.
School grades. A Jeb Bush-Rick Scott split? Tampa Bay Times. So much for accountability in education. Answer Sheet. The system is a disaster, writes Fund Education Now co-founder Kathleen Oropeza in an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times. The Daytona Beach News Journal writes up the recent BOE decision on the safety net.
School security. In the wake of Newtown, school resource officers from around the country come to a weeklong conference in Orlando, where some get training in “active shooter response.” Tampa Bay Times. Palm Beach County elementary schools will have 24 more officers this fall. South Florida Sun Sentinel. Broward hopes to have about a dozen more, the Sun Sentinel also reports. The Okaloosa district will consider whether to keep school resource officers in all schools. Northwest Florida Daily News.
Educator conduct. Criminal charges are filed against a Manatee football coach for reportedly inappropriate behavior with a female student. Bradenton Herald. More from the Sarasota Herald Tribune. It’s newsworthy when students are the alleged victims of school employees, writes Herald Tribune columnist Tom Lyons.
Teacher pay. Talks about to get under way in the Palm Beach district. Extra Credit.
Fundraising. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown falls far short of fundraising goals for a program that aims to give low-income students a glimpse of life at college. Florida Times Union.
Math. UF’s Algebra Nation math app is being used by schools across the state. Gainesville Sun.