Virtual schools. Pasco sets up a summer program for its e-school so students don’t take Florida Virtual School classes – and cost the district money in the process. Tampa Bay Times.
Private schools. The head of a high-end Tampa private school resigns after a rocky year. Tampa Bay Times.
Common Core. Could weed out some teachers. State Impact Florida. But will put teachers in the driver’s seat. Eduwonk. Some Florida teachers see a juggling act between the new standards and current curriculum. Tampa Tribune.
School grades. DOE appoints a task force to review grading policies before this year’s grades are released. Gradebook.
School spending. Seminole plans to move ahead with a property tax increase. Orlando Sentinel. Lake decides against changing school start times to make up for a projected $16.3 million deficit. Orlando Sentinel. Lee aims to save $1 million a year under new Superintendent Nancy Graham’s re-org. Fort Myers News Press, Naples Daily News. The Marion school board approves a staffing plan with 525 fewer positions. Ocala Star Banner.
School discipline. Black community leaders are concerned about high suspension rates for black students in Flagler. Daytona Beach News Journal.
Teacher merit pay. A judge denies FEA’s request to reconsider his decision to throw out a lawsuit challenging the state’s new merit pay law. South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Teachers. Badass Teachers Association says payback is coming. Orlando Sentinel.