Florida roundup: Charter schools, AP, teacher turnover and more


Charter schools. News Service of Florida writes up an administrative law judge’s ruling that a district cannot require charter schools to provide transportation.

College credit. Few students receive top scores on Advanced Placement physics exams. Bridge to Tomorrow. More Hillsborough students graduate with International Baccalaureate diplomas. Gradebook.

Bright Futures. Should precalculus be mandatory for students to qualify for merit-based financial aid? StateImpact.

Budgets. A funding boost means schools find themselves better off than last year. Naples Daily News.

Turnover. Some parents raise concerns about teacher turnover in struggling Duval schools. Florida Times-Union. An incentive pay program helps draw high-performing teachers to struggling, high-turnover schools. Fort Myers News-Press.

STEM. A Palm Beach resource teacher wins presidential recognition for excellence in math and science education. Sun-Sentinel.

Testing. The Heartland Institute looks at Florida’s testing issues.

Early dismissal. Brevard schools decide to release students early on Wednesdays. Florida Today.

Safety. A volunteer softball coach is accused of sending explicit photos to high school girls. Fort Myers News-Press.

School boards. A Manatee school board member is now in hospice care. Bradenton Herald.

RIP. A trailblazing Miami-Dade computer science teacher dies. Miami 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.