Florida schools roundup: Career ed, early learning, Common Core & more

Magnet schools: A Polk County Recording Arts Academy has students creating music for everything from the homecoming dance to commercials. The Ledger.

florida-roundup-logoCareer Ed: Wakulla County high school students work toward an automotive service certification in a new career education program. Tallahassee Democrat.

Common Core: Senate President Don Gaetz on the new education standards: “You can’t dip them in milk and hold them over a candle and see the United Nations flag or Barack Obama’s face. They’re not some federal conspiracy.” Tampa Bay Times.

Early learning: A new report finds Florida children are not receiving an early start in developing their learning skills and will have a hard time catching up. Naples Daily News.

School spending: Palm Beach County school district money woes stall renovations at a historic West Palm Beach school building. Palm Beach Post.

School name: The advisory committee chairman of a Duval County high school named for a Confederate soldier doesn’t mind keeping the school’s name the same. Florida Times-Union.

Class size: A move by Brevard County School District officials to intentionally violate Florida’s class-size requirements meets with a mixed bag of contempt and support. Pensacola News-Journal.

Food program: Feeding America Tampa Bay’s Kids Cafe feeds about 600 Hillsborough County children in after-school programs. The Tampa Tribune.

Lawsuit: A Pasco County family sues the school district for its athletic transfer policy. Tampa Bay Times.

Financial literacy: Broward County eighth-graders take the state’s required financial literacy class through a nonprofit Junior Achievement program taught at the JA World Huizenga Center. Sun Sentinel.

Conference controversy: Teaching American history and the role of the Bible in public education were key topics during the first day of the Dare To Think conference, an event that sparked an ethics complaint against the Clay County schools superintendent. Florida Times-Union.

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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.