Florida schools roundup: Charters, Pam Stewart, student data & more

Charter schools: Pivot Charter Schools backs away from its application after Volusia County school officials prepare to reject the charter because it doesn’t fill a unique niche, among other concerns. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

florida-roundup-logoCommon Core: Palm Beach County parents sound off during a public meeting about the new standards. Palm Beach Post. Florida superintendents want to move forward with implementing the Common Core. Tampa Bay Times.

Pam Stewart: The career educator has proven to be the “go-to” person in Florida education leadership. Florida Times-Union.

New bills: State Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, files two bills to prevent some of students’ personal information from being gathered. Tampa Bay Times.

High-tech: A Lee County technical high school turns around its rough image with a diverse STEM program. Fort Myers News-Press.

Teacher pay: The Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association proposes raises that reward experienced teachers. Palm Beach Post.

FCAT: An Orange County third-grader held back because she failed the FCAT by one point may be the impetus for a legislative push to change the state’s decade-old retention law. Bay News 9.

SAT: Manatee County School District high school seniors exceed state and national averages on the SAT this year. Bradenton Herald.

Support staff: A StateImpact Florida analysis of jobs in Florida public schools shows that while full-time staffing is almost back to pre-recession levels, support staff isn’t.
Going global: A prince, a king, a queen and several dozen prep school students gather at an Office Depot in Broward County for a meeting of the Round Square International, a global association of prestigious academies. Sun Sentinel.

Texting ban: In Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, schools support the new law that bans texting while driving. Pensacola News-Journal.

Literacy lessons: Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson teams up with three Hillsborough County elementary schools to launch a new reading program. The Tampa Tribune.

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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.