School choice. The school system needs to be tailored to individual students’ needs, Miami-Dade’s superintendent writes in a back-to-school op-ed touting the expansion of the district’s school choice programs. Miami Herald. Duval students return with more choices available. Florida Times-Union.
Failure factories. Part two of a Tampa Bay Times investigation of five struggling elementary schools is here. District officials address the public. A columnist offers up ideas.
Back to school. More districts around the state start classes today. Miami Herald. Tampa Tribune. Daytona Beach News-Journal. Stuart News. Leesburg Daily Commercial. Manatee’s new chief says the district needs to do better in the coming year. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Officials need to ensure students are ready to learn, the Herald-Tribune editorializes. Groups help low-income and homeless students get ready for school. Tampa Tribune. Miami Herald. Bradenton Herald. Gainesville Sun. Orange and Brevard Counties expect enrollment jumps. Orlando Sentinel. Florida Today.
Tax credit scholarships. Crux looks at the impact scholarship programs in Florida and elsewhere are having on Catholic schools.
Charter schools. A high-poverty charter school for girls prepares for the new school year. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Teacher evaluations. Why do so few Broward teachers get top marks? Sun-Sentinel.
Discipline. Miami-Dade rolls out a new approach in time for the start of school. Miami Herald.
Special needs. A former homecoming king with Down syndrome and legions of fans succumbs to pneumonia. Orlando Sentinel.
Learning disabilities. Duval opens a new school for children with dyslexia. Florida Times-Union.
Testing. State officials plan to hold the administrator of state assessments accountable for glitches. Pensacola News-Journal.
History. A family has taught in Volusia schools for more than 60 years and over multiple generations. Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Private schools. The Bradenton Herald visits the youngest learners at sports-focused IMG Academy.
Nutrition. Some Collier elementary students get breakfast at their desks. Naples Daily News.
Teacher pay. Miami-Dade management and teachers agree on raises. Miami Herald.
Administration. A Bay elementary principal receives recognition. Panama City News Herald.
Teacher conduct. A middle school teacher might lose his job after being caught on tape dragging a student by the ankle. Bay News 9.
Campaigns. A St. Petersburg city councilman hopes to run for school board. Gradebook.
Arts. Bay schools plan new arts centers funded by philanthropic donations. Panama City News Herald.