Florida schools roundup: Holocaust studies, Ben Carson, teacher pay & more

Charter schools: Miami-Dade County school officials sign off on a $4.3 billion budget that for the first time includes $300 million for charter schools. Miami Herald. 

florida-roundup-logoHolocaust studies: For Broward and Palm Beach county students who face bullying, peer pressure and prejudice in school, learning about the Holocaust is becoming increasingly relevant. Sun Sentinel.

Ben Carson: The nationally renowned doctor turned public speaker shares his story of resilience and success with students of all ages at Lake Wales High School. The Ledger.

Tax credit scholarships: About half of the students in Flagler County’s private schools use Florida tax-credit scholarships to pay tuition; so do a quarter of the students in Volusia County’s private schools. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Teacher pay: Pinellas County schools and the local teachers union tentatively agree to a 5.6 percent average raise for teachers and a bump in starting teacher salaries. Tampa Bay Times. Salary negotiations hit a snag as officials look at tutoring vs. teaching. Tampa Bay Times.

Report cards: Palm Beach County second-graders will get new report cards without the traditional A through F grades. Sun Sentinel.

Common Core: Hernando County School Board members share concerns about the new standards, including the fear of losing local control, financial constraints and the possibility of excessive testing. Tampa Bay Times.

City post: Annmarie Kent-Willette, who teaches communications at Jacksonville University, is Jacksonville’s new education commissioner. Florida Times-Union. 

Dedication: St. Petersburg High School will dedicate its media building to Vyrle Davis, a former principal and the district’s first black area superintendent of Pinellas County schools. Tampa Bay Times.

First day: Two West Boynton charter schools open three weeks after the official start of school in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach Post.

District post: Palm Beach County’s chief of support operations attracts 35 applicants from across the nation. Palm Beach Post.

Bus service: Lake County parents lobby school leaders to reinstate busing for 4,300 children who lost service because of budget cuts. Orlando Sentinel.

Magnet schools: Orange County district administrators look at limiting enrollment at some magnet schools. Orlando Sentinel.

Cheating: Pasco County school district officials look at how to curb cheating. Tampa Bay Times.

Botched grant: Broward County loses out on a grant to put solar panels on a district middle school. Miami Herald.

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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.