Florida schools roundup: Charter schools, career ed, special needs & more

Charter schools: Nine people apply to serve on the local advisory board of a struggling St. Petersburg charter school. Tampa Bay Times.

florida-roundup-logoCareer Ed: Escambia County students tour a Gulf Power plant, part of a program to encourage them to seek energy jobs. Pensacola News-Journal.

Special needs: Young people with autism, attention-deficit disorder, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome and other disabilities share their experiences with Palm Beach County elementary students. Sun Sentinel. A Hillsborough County middle school uses the buddy system to help students with special needs, and their classmates. Tampa Bay Times.

School safety: A circuit judge criticizes Duval County public schools for being unsafe. Florida Times-Union.

School boards: Palm Beach County school board members terminate lobbyists’ contracts worth $381,000. Palm Beach Post. Longtime Seminole County school board member Diane Bauer dies. Orlando Sentinel. Broward School Board member Katie Leach unexpectedly resigns. Miami Herald.

Ballroom dancing: Broward County fifth-graders learn the art of dancing to help build relationships and social skills. Sun Sentinel.

Hot meals: The Pinellas County district is serving 2,000 to 3,000 hot dinners a day this year to students at low-income schools. Tampa Bay Times.

Food allergies: The federal government is issuing its first guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies. Associated Press.

School bash: Weekend event is part of a two-decade effort to save the 1914 wooden schoolhouse in Myakka City. Bradenton Herald.

Conduct: Supporters of a fired Lee County football coach are committed to fighting for his reinstatement. Fort Myers News-Press.


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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.