Florida roundup: Diploma options, magnet schools, students with disabilities & more

Graduation requirements. Gov. Rick Scott signs into law the bill that creates additional diploma options that emphasize career education. Coverage from Tampa Bay TimesOrlando Sentinel, Associated Press, News Service of Florida, Northwest Florida Daily NewsTallahassee DemocratSarasota Herald TribuneStateImpact Florida, WFSU.

florida roundup logoMagnet schools. Parents are pushing the Palm Beach County school district to expand a popular arts magnet. Palm Beach Post.

IB. Largo High in Pinellas gets official certification for its IB program. Tampa Bay Times.

Students with disabilities. StateImpact Florida writes up the bill that would give parents more power over their child’s IEP. Some experts say the Hillsborough school district is unique in not allowing parents to make an audio recording of IEP meetings, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Teacher pay. Palm Beach County teachers and district official remain skeptical about potential raises coming from the state, reports the Palm Beach Post. Gov. Scott says he’s going to the mat for his proposal for across-the-board raises, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Teacher evals. Hernando Teacher of the Year highlights flaws in the new system. Tampa Bay Times.

Technology. Some districts are having trouble finding the money to pay for computers needed for testing. TCPalm.com

Discipline. Palm Beach County Superintendent Wayne Gent tells a faith-based community group that he’s working to further reduce out-of-school suspensions. Palm Beach Post.

School spending. So was the Seminole school district really facing a financial apocalypse or note? Orlando Sentinel’s Beth Kassab.

School boards. Members of a citizens advisory committee tell state officials that a “broken” school board is a leading reason for the Manatee school district’s financial problems and low academic ranking. Bradenton Herald.

Education scoreboard. Education Commissioner Tony Bennett unveils a new “scoreboard” for Florida’s academic progress. Gradebook.