Florida roundup: Common Core, high-tech classrooms, black males & more

Common Core. A new Florida group calls the Common Core standards “monstrous.” Daytona Beach News Journal.

florida roundup logoBlack males. An endangered species in Florida, given the Schott Foundation’s calculation of grad rates. Politics365.

Vals and sals. Hernando school board members tell Superintendent Brian Blavatt to reinstate the designations. Tampa Bay Times.

Graduation. Remembering the ones who are gone. Tampa Bay Times.

Teacher conduct. A Clay County teacher charged with child abuse enters a pre-trial diversionary program under a plea bargain, reports Florida Times Union. The Pasco principal accused of making anti-gay remarks is retiring, reports the Tampa Tribune. Polk is taking steps to fire a teacher who repeatedly lied about her health to avoid work, including claims of kidney stones, ovarian cysts and a brain condition, reports the Lakeland Ledger.

Teachers unions. Pasco union leader Lynne Webb says it’s not the union’s fault that contract negotiations have yet to begin. Gradebook. More from the Tampa Tribune.

Superintendents. After hiring an interim, Lee is going to do a national search after all. Fort Myers News Press. More from the Naples Daily News.

Florida Virtual School. Fox News zeroes  in on a world history class and how it describes terrorists.

School technology. StateImpact Florida visits a Sarasota County middle school where actress Mayim Bialik is highlighting the high-tech classrooms of the not-too-distant future. More on Bialik’s visit from the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

School closings. Thursday’s the last day of classes, for good, for three Fort Lauderdale schools. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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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.