Florida roundup: Common Core, teacher evaluations, school spending & more

Common Core. More signs that an implementation delay is in the works. StateImpact Florida. Orlando Sentinel. Associated Press.

FL roundup logo snippedSchool spending. South Florida Sun Sentinel: “The Broward school district overpaid a security firm by $129,000, according an internal audit that found the district grossly mismanaged the contract, paid unnecessary overtime and late fees, and even paid guards after the contract expired.” Brevard Superintendent Brian Binggeli hears from upset parents and teachers objecting to budget cuts, reports Florida Today.

Special needs students. Parents say they’ll fight district plans to shutter two schools for special needs students in Broward. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Gays and lesbians. More than 100 supporters of a proposed Gay-Straight Alliance at a Lake County middle school turn out for a school board meeting. Orlando Sentinel.

Teacher evals. Mismatch between eval results and school grades concerns state education officials, reports Orlando Sentinel and Gradebook.

Teacher pay. Is Scott’s proposal a raise or a bonus? Lakeland Ledger.

Educator conduct: The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports Manatee district officials did not follow up on tips about an assistant football coach’s possible misconduct involving a student and decided to close an inquiry in time for the playoffs.

Diane Ravitch. Weighs in on school closings in Brevard. (Hat tip: Florida Today).

More conspiracy! The editorial board of the The Oklahoman takes a rational look at the Jeb-Bush-corporate-conspiracy theory being promoted by a group called In the Public Interest and advanced by mainstream media.

School boards. Manatee board member Julie Aranabar won’t face charges for a potential public records violation. Sarasota Herald Tribune.

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director of Research & Special Projects at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times).