Florida roundup: Public school choice, digital learning, school grades & more

Public-school choice. Duval County’s superintendent wants to allow parents to enroll their children in any district-run school they choose, creating the first “open enrollment” policy among Florida’s major urban districts, the Florida Times-Union reports. More from First Coast News, WOKV.

florida-roundup-logoMilitary charter schools. It’s not clear what effect a bill provision, soon to become law, will have on efforts at MacDill Air Force Base, Hillsborough Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia tells the Tampa Bay Times.

Digital learning. How much will it cost for school districts to reach the state’s technology goals? WFSU asks.

School grades. House and Senate panels advance legislation to overhaul school grades, and avoid holding school districts to consequences during the first year of new standards. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida CurrentWCTV.

School boards. Candidates for the Palm Beach County School Board are already raking in the dough. Extra Credit. State officials consider the Manatee County School Board’s request for an investigation. Bradenton Herald.

School safety. A House bill that would allow at least one designated school employee to carry a gun on campus clears the House education committee. Orlando Sentinel. Associated Press. Miami-Dade officials oppose the plan. Miami Herald.

Testing. Does it matter if teachers don’t know yet what will replace the FCAT? StateImpact Florida.

Special-needs students. A Washington Post blogger continues the drumbeat against the state’s testing policy for students with disabilities, relaying a video by the Florida Education Association.

School lunch. Grants expand push for organic food, breakfast and dinner in Orange County Schools. Orlando Sentinel.