Florida roundup: Teacher conduct, school closings, superintendents & more

Charter schools. A split Bay County School Board gives an extension to a financially troubled charter school. Panama City News Herald.

florida roundup logoClass size amendment. The Sarasota district utilizes more mixed-grade classrooms this year in an effort to comply. Sarasota Herald Tribune.

School closings. Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie announces the district will close one special needs school but keep another open. Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel. Port Canaveral may come to the rescue of three Brevard schools slated for closing, reports Florida Today.

School safety. The Bradenton Herald offers its thumbs up or down on this year’s raft of school security bills, but doesn’t mention the one that would require safety alerts for private schools.

School choice. The St. Lucie County district makes changes to its student assignment plan, including limiting choice options to some students in an effort to keep down cost, reports TCPalm.com.

Teacher conduct. A Clearwater teacher is accused of abusing two special needs students, reports the Tampa Bay Times. More from the Tampa Tribune. A Pinellas Park High School teacher is arrested in a teacher conduct case for reportedly having a sexual relationship with a students, the Times also reports. A parallel story involving teacher conduct in Orange County, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Superintendents. Former Palm Beach County Superintendent Art Johnson is the new head of the district’s principals association, reports Palm Beach Post. Pinellas Superintendent Mike Grego tells parents that Pinellas can’t just be a “district of remediation,” reports Gradebook. The Volusia County School Board backs Superintendent Margaret Smith after a petition calls for her ouster, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal.

Gays and lesbian students. Overwhelming majorities report being harassed and bullied, according to a new GLSEN survey. Gradebook.

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