Florida schools roundup: Common Core, Scott and Bush, Rowlett magnet & more

Common Core: Rep. Debbie Mayfield of St. Lucie County files a bill that would put the Common Core standards on hold. StateImpact Florida. More from TC Palm.

florida-roundup-logoMeet up: Gov. Rick Scott meets privately in Miami with former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. John Thrasher and Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand to talk about the future of Florida’s schools. Times/Herald. Why Scott’s meeting with the two men has the potential to cause headaches for the current governor. The Buzz.

Cheating probe: A Miami Norland Senior High School program through which hundreds of students have earned state industry certifications has been tainted by cheating, according to the Miami-Dade Office of the Inspector General. Miami Herald.

Academic targets: Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti feels closer to persuading the school board to accept his goal to bring next year’s student achievement data to the state average. Florida Times-Union.

Rowlett Magnet: Manatee County schools Superintendent Rick Mills plans to recommend approval of the district’s Rowlett Magnet Elementary application to become a charter school. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Robotics ed: The private Village School in Naples is participating in its first Legos League, part of the school’s effort to get students interested in STEM-related classes and fields. Naples Daily News.

Student beating: Three 15-year-old boys plead guilty to beating a 13-year-old student on a school bus last month. The Tampa Tribune.

Roundtable: Pinellas  County schools Superintendent Michael Grego tells community leaders if they want to strengthen the city’s economy, they first need to improve the education system. The Tampa Tribune.

Teacher hires: The Manatee County school district plans to add 85 teachers to the budget. Bradenton Herald.

Expansion: Academy at the Lakes, 400-student private school in Pasco County, buys 47 acres,  but has no immediate plans to build. Tampa Bay Times.

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BY Sherri Ackerman

Sherri Ackerman is the former associate editor of redefinED. She is a former correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times and reporter for The Tampa Tribune, writing about everything from cops and courts to social services and education. She grew up in Indiana and moved to Tampa as a teenager, graduating from Brandon High School and, later, from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/news editing. Sherri passed away in March 2016.