Florida schools roundup: Common Core, charter schools, budget woes & more

Common Core: The St. Johns County Republican Assembly is the latest GOP group to question the new education standards adopted by Florida and 44 other states. StateImpact Florida.

florida-roundup-logoSchool grades: StateImpact Florida asks parents what a school’s grade means to them.

Debit cards: Sen. Darren Soto, R-Kissimmee, comes up with a counter plan for helping teachers buy school supplies: debit cards preloaded with state dollars that arrive two weeks before the start of school with more money for middle and high school teachers. The Buzz.

Weather alert: The Broward County school district will use new Android-based phones in its schools to track lightning, heat index, wind speed and other severe weather. Sun Sentinel.

Charter schools: Ivy Academies won’t be able to open next week in Lauderdale Lakes in Broward County after city commissioners vote to rezone the building. Sun Sentinel. This school year, 42 charter schools will educate nearly 14,000 Hillsborough County students. Tampa Bay Times.

New ride: A group of Boca High students start a campaign to raise $11,000 to buy an electric wheelchair for a fellow student. Sun Sentinel.

Budgets: Palm Beach County school administrators share concerns about a $252 million hole in the district’s capital budget plan. Palm Beach Post.

Raises: Hillsborough County special education aides will get raises, union says. Tampa Bay Times.

Welcome back: Brevard County students return to school. Florida Today.

Resource officers: Lee County schools don’t have the dollars to pay for additional school resource officers. Fort Myers News-Press.

Mold alert: Collier County school officials say the mold found in some of the district’s schools is not toxic. Naples Daily News.

Good deeds: A customer buys school supplies for the Hillsborough County teacher in front of him at Staples. The Tampa Tribune. More than 200 teachers from Manatee County schools receive $120,000 in grants from the Manatee Education Foundation. Bradenton Herald. The I’m A Star Foundation donates $35,500 to the Duval County school district to help homeless students. Florida Times-Union.

Dress code: St. Pete High in Pinellas County plans to strictly enforce the dress code this year – no more short-shorts or tank-tops for girls. Tampa Bay Times.