Florida schools roundup: New charters, Common Core, social media & more

Charter schools: Central Florida will see 14 new charter schools next year focusing on a range of themes from Montessori to military to science and technology. Orlando Sentinel. Ben Gamla Charter Schools take in more than $10 million in public funding. Miami Herald. A Lakeland charter school hosts free workshops to help teachers learn best practices for the classroom. The Ledger.

florida-roundup-logoSocial learning: Broward school district teachers and employees can use district computers to log onto previously blocked sites, like Facebook and YouTube. Sun Sentinel.

Common Core: Common Core State Standards could soon have an effect on report cards. As course work gets harder, students’ grades could take a hit. Tampa Bay Times.

District policies: Duval County’s superintendent wants to change a hiring policy that would allow applicants with a felony that happened more than 10 years ago to be eligible for a district job. Florida Times-Union. Manatee County parents want the district’s concussion policy updated. Bradenton Herald.

School budgets: The Manatee County School District has a $3.9 million budget shortfall. Bradenton Herald.

School security: Hillsborough school officials continue to debate the merit of added security officers at schools. Tampa Bay Times.

Evaluations: Pinellas County Schools didn’t have a single teacher rated unsatisfactory for the 2012-13 school year. Tampa Bay Times.

Education grants: Thirty Brevard teachers win $23,000 in School Bucks Mini-Grants from the Brevard Schools Foundation to encourage and pay for creative classroom projects. Florida Today.

Teachers: An Escambia elementary school science teacher is named People Magazine’s Teacher of the Year. Pensacola News-Journal. A Hillsborough elementary teacher is a finalist for the state’s Green School Awards. The Tampa Tribune.

Conduct: A former Palm Beach County teacher faces charges that she extorted another teacher by threatening to reveal nude photos of her. Palm Beach Post.

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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.