Florida roundup: Charter schools, lawsuits, retention, CAPE and more

Charter schools. The Miami-Herald writes about a push by parents to keep their F-rated charter school open. The Cape Coral charter system hires an interim superintendent. Fort Myers News-Press.

florida-roundup-logoSpecial needs. Duval parents win a court fight with the district over appropriate education for their daughter with autism. But what’s next? Florida Times-Union.

Lawsuits. Florida Education Association Vice President Joanne McCall explains the union’s decision to sue the state over SB 850 in a Tampa Tribune column.

Teacher quality. The Duval school board signs off on a plan intended to draw highly rated teachers to schools where they are needed the most. Florida Times-Union.

Retention. A New York Times article on third-grade retention notes improved reading scores among Florida’s fourth graders.

Campaigns. The Sun-Sentinel sizes up the field running for Palm Beach County school board. Seminole County school district employees who campaigned for a sales-tax initiative could face disciplinary consequences. Orlando Sentinel.

Vals and sals. Pasco schools will keep their honorary titles for graduates, at least for the time being. Tampa Bay Times.

Facilities. A Pinellas high school prepares to do away with portable classrooms. Tampa Tribune. Faulty sprinklers could prompt a lawsuit against a Palm Beach district contractor. Palm Beach Post.

Administration. Collier school board members look to create a policy for administrator contract renewals. Naples Daily News.

Graduation. The Bradenton Herald covers a unique graduation ceremony.

Nutrition. A revamped Flagler food program will include dinner at after school programs. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

CAPE. Okaloosa officials look at how their district stacks up, and finds it issues large numbers of industry certifications. WEAR.

Back to school. School starts early in some counties. Citrus County Chronicle. The Manatee school district is still trying to fill 150 positions going into the new year. Bradenton Herald.

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BY Travis Pillow

Travis Pillow is Director of Thought Leadership at Step Up For Students and editor of NextSteps. He lives in Sanford, Fla. with his wife and two children. A former Tallahassee statehouse reporter, he most recently worked at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research organization at Arizona State University, where he studied community-led learning innovation and school systems' responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. He can be reached at tpillow (at) sufs.org.