Florida roundup: Charter privatization, teacher quality, dual enrollment & more

Charter schools: Pembroke Pines city leaders release a privatization plan for its charter schools system that could result in hundreds of teachers losing their jobs. Miami Herald. The city plans to contract with Charter Schools USA for $10 million a year to operate the system. Sun-Sentinel.

florida roundup logoSchool grades: Education officials from across the state head to Tampa today to talk with Board of Education members about the state’s school-grading formula. Miami Herald.

Budget cuts: Lake County School Board members on Monday discussed changing school start times and cutting courtesy busing to fill a $16.3 million budget shortfall for next fiscal year. Orlando Sentinel.

Prison: Former Rosarian Academy teacher Stephen Budd faces a life in prison surrounding allegations that he traded candy for sex with 9-year-old students. Palm Beach Post.

Lawsuit: Palm Beach County schools sues the city of West Palm Beach for unpaid stormwater fees. Palm Beach Post.

Tony: Education Commissioner Tony Bennett talks Common Core, charter schools, teacher quality and more. Tampa Bay Times.

Explorers: Pinellas teens get a crash course on being a law enforcement officer in a new summer three-week program. Tampa Tribune.

Changes: Lincoln Park Elementary in Escambia County will open with a new principal and staff, and only prekindergarten through second grades. Pensacola News-Journal. Dixon School of the Arts, a 3-year-old charter school, will become a private school. Pensacola News-Journal.

Last day: Lee County outgoing Superintendent Joseph Burke leaves leaving the district with the highest graduation rate and the lowest dropout rate it’s had in years. News-Press.

Reprimand: The Florida Education Practices Commission reprimanded Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry for failing to complete a college course in ethics to resolve a misconduct complaint. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

AARP: Brevard County schools rank 36th in AARP’s 50 Best Employers for Workers Over 50. Florida Today.

Teacher pay: Brevard County schools and the local teachers union are at an impasse on salary negotiations. Florida Today.

Dual enrollment: Brevard County schools and Brevard Community College reach an agreement that should allow high school students to continue taking college-level courses. Florida Today.

Expansion: Lake Wales Charter Schools Inc. looks to expand with another middle school. The Ledger.

Standby: St. Lucie County School Board members put two remaining superintendent finalists on standby while they continue searching for suitable candidates. TCPalm.