Florida schools roundup: Charters, Common Core, dual enrollment & more

Charter schools: The Palm Beach County school district recommends rejecting two charter schools and approving eight others. Palm Beach Post. Pasco County charter Classical Preparatory School hasn’t opened yet despite being approved to debut this fall. Tampa Bay Times. A Broward County charter school that has struggled to find permanent housing this year gets the final ax. Sun Sentinel. Traffic congestion surrounding the Ben Gamla Charter School divides this Broward community and causes more issues for the school. Miami Herald. Lake Wales Charter Schools offers new STEM programs. The Ledger.

florida-roundup-logoIn training: Broward County high school students get a taste of what it’s like to be in the Coral Springs Police Academy. Sun Sentinel.

Common Core: Pasco schools stand by the new education standards. The Tampa Tribune.

Dual enrollment: Pasco-Hernando Community College trustees put the heat on two feeder school districts by adopting a policy on dual enrollment fees that district officials are trying to eliminate. Tampa Bay Times.

National award: A Palm Beach County school psychologist is climbing the ranks to national recognition. Sun Sentinel.

School programs: Pinellas is planning to open “school-within-a-school” programs at seven or eight of its campuses. Tampa Bay Times. The mother of a 12-year-old who took her own life last month partners with a safe social media website to prevent online bullying. The Ledger.

School spending: Lake County schools are getting help with budgeting from billionaire Bill Gates’ foundation, which is behind a $1.2 million initiative examining how the district can improve spending to help students. Orlando Sentinel.

Low performers: Orange County’s 22 D- and F-graded public schools tell the school board how they plan to improve. Orlando Sentinel.

High performers: A Brevard County elementary principal allows students to “slime” him to celebrate the school’s seventh consecutive A grade. Florida Today.

School grades: Collier County’s schools superintendent tells parents not to judge schools by their state-assigned letter grade because the system is flawed. Naples Daily News.

School boards: Manatee County School Board members focus on how to communicate with the public. Bradenton Herald. Hernando County School Board members will share the dais with a student representative from each of the district’s five high schools. Tampa Bay Times.

Hiring: The Pasco County school district has hired an employee recruiter for the first time in nearly five years to help fill several high-needs vacancies. Tampa Bay Times.

Conduct: Palm Beach County School Board members consider approving a $75,000 settlement stemming from sexual harassment claims against a principal. Palm Beach Post. A Seminole County middle school teacher tells the Florida Department of Law Enforcement he has been watching child pornography for years and expected to get caught. Orlando Sentinel.

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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.