Florida schools roundup: teacher pay, charter schools, school spending & more

Teacher pay. Gov. Rick Scott embarks on his Teacher Pay Raise Pep Rally Tour. Coverage from the South Florida Sun SentinelPalm Beach PostFlorida Times UnionAssociated PressStateImpact Florida. Teachers are “fed up with being used as political pawns,” says Pinellas teachers union president Kim Black in this Steve Bousquet piece.

florida roundup logoCharter schools. Gradebook pulls up some stats before today’s discussion about charter schools at the Pasco County School Board. An amendment to the charter school bill makes it easier for charter schools to fire teachers, Gradebook also reports.

School security. The elementary school principals in Hillsborough who have armed guards in their schools like them. Tampa Bay Times.

School discipline. Hillsborough needs to follow up on conversations to address high suspension rates for black males. Tampa Bay Times.

School spending. Freeze in financially troubled Manatee. Bradenton Herald.

Common Core. In Hillsborough, parents take a look, reports StateImpact Florida. Will Florida be ready by 2014? asks Gradebook. Deputy Chancellor Mary Jane Tappen explains them to 300 teachers, parents and others in Collier, reports the Naples Daily News.

Superintendents. Fifteen have applied so far to be St. Lucie County’s next superintendent. TCPalm.com.

Gays and lesbians. The latest on a proposed Gay-Straight Alliance in Lake. Orlando Sentinel.

Avatar photo

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.