Florida schools roundup: Common Core, school spending, arts education & more

Common Core. Tony Bennett promises the most aggressive deployment of Common Core in the country. StateImpact Florida.

florida roundup logoTeacher raises. Guidance from the governor’s office, reports Gradebook. Alachua teachers are getting a 2 percent raise., reports the Gainesville Sun.

Teacher conduct. Snoozing teacher, two day suspension. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Teacher evals. Needs tweaking, says a panel that includes Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. Florida Times Union.

School spending. StateImpact Florida takes a closer look at the state ed budget. The Broward school board decides to outsource most of the facilities department, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. More from the Miami Herald. Pasco’s still looking for ways to fill a projected $26.4 million deficit, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Flagler’s decision to eliminate some paraprofessionals draws criticism, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal.

Board of Education. BOE member Sally Bradshaw takes exception with a lenient final exam exemption policy in Leon. Tallahassee Democrat.

Arts. Don’t forget them amidst push for STEM. Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Superintendents. Lee could have a new one by next week, reports the Fort Myers News Press. The rush job is another sign of the school board’s dysfunction, the News Press editorializes. The principal of Naples High appears to be the frontrunner, reports the Naples Daily News.

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs 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). Ron can be reached at rmatus@stepupforstudents.org or (727) 451-9830. Follow him on Twitter @RonMatus1 and on facebook at facebook.com/redefinedonline.