Florida roundup: Common Core, magnet schools, best principals & more

florida-roundup-logoVirtual schools. Florida Virtual School is developing an online course for teachers about online teaching. Getting Smart.

Magnet schools. Raising re-segregation concerns? ActionNewsJax.com.

Career academies. Alachua holds its annual forum. Gainesville Sun.

Charter schools. A charter school in Palm Beach County is starting a STEAM Academy. Palm Beach Post.

Common Core. So PARCC maybe sorta kinda isn’t really out of the running after all. Education Week. Common Core critics continue to push. Gradebook. Some conservative groups aim to channel Common Core opposition into school choice support. Politico.

Turnaround schools. State officials see good and not-so-good in Pinellas. Gradebook.

School spending. Manatee puts together a comprehensive plan to address fiscal errors identified in audits. Sarasota Herald Tribune.

School facilities. Parents at a Sarasota elementary say something at the school is making their kids sick. Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Principals. A Florida TaxWatch analysis lists the six best in the state, based on math and reading gains. Five are in Miami-Dade. Miami Herald. The Buzz. The Florida Current. One’s in Pasco. Gradebook.

Teachers. Marion agrees to hire about 100 permanent substitutes as full-time teachers. Ocala Star Banner.

Mentoring. A program at Plantation High School hopes to reduce dropout numbers. South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Mental health. A mental health first-aid training program for teachers would be established under a new bill. The Florida Current.

Superintendents. Ending Flagler Superintendent Janet Valentine’s contract early might cost $18,000. Daytona Beach News Journal.