Florida schools roundup: Charters, private schools, Jeb Bush & more

Charter schools: A report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools shows that the massive growth in charter school enrollment experienced by Palm Beach County schools this year is not an isolated incident. Palm Beach Post. More from the Tampa Bay Times. The Leon County School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a charter application that would create a new charter middle school. Tallahassee Democrat.

florida-roundup-logoPrivate schools: After a nationwide search, St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School in Tampa announces the appointment of Robert S. Stephens Jr. as head of school, effective July 1. The Tampa Tribune.  More from Tampa Bay Times.

Jeb Bush: The former Florida governor has reformed the public education system successfully and achieved impressive results, writes Diane Francis for the National Post.

Pay raises: Miami-Dade County school police and bus drivers will see raises under tentative agreements. Miami Herald.

School construction: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is building support for a plan that would cut some sales taxes paid by businesses and pump money into public school construction. The Buzz.

School grades: StateImpact Florida explains Florida’s revamped school grading model. More from The Florida Current. Local school officials say a state proposal to fix the school grade formula falls short. Tampa Bay Times.

Legislation: The Florida affiliate of the National Rifle Association is supporting a proposal that would prevent children from being disciplined for playing with simulated weapons in school. Miami Herald.

Principals: Polk County approves appointments  for three new principals. The Ledger.

Student athletes: Families from across the state seek out this Tampa attorney to help them with student eligibility issues in local school district athletic programs. The Tampa Tribune.

Bottom line: The Manatee County School Board approves a $2.95 million property sale to help balance the district’s books. Bradenton Herald.