Florida roundup: Charter schools, school choice, Tony Bennett and more

Charter schools. Palm Beach County school district officials worry about the impact of expanding charter schools. Palm Beach Post. The Miami Herald flags charter schools among its examples of industries with issues in play in the legislative session that contribute to campaigns. Neighborhood groups are concerned about the traffic impact of a planned charter school for as many as 1,800 students. Herald. Miami TV stations follow a $25 million sex abuse and bullying lawsuit against a Miami charter school.  CBS Miami. NBC Miami.

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Virtual schools. A virtual charter school that met resistance from school district officials says it expects enrollment numbers to rise. Tampa Bay Times.

School choice. Palm Beach County parents should be finding out whether their children were admitted to choice programs. Extra Credit.

Tony Bennett. Florida’s former education commissioner tells Chalkbeat Indiana that education reformers have lost the last several rounds of policy battles in a lengthy Q&A.

Advanced Placement. Florida’s high school graduates outpace the nation in English and social-science courses. Not so in science or Calculus. Bridge to Tomorrow.

Teacher evaluations. The Department of Education watches as a handful of Pinellas County schools experiment with alternatives to VAM scores. Tampa Bay Times.

Teachers Unions. Protracted pay raise negotiations could affect teachers union elections in Orange County. Orlando Sentinel. Hillsborough bus drivers say no to privatization. Gradebook. Osceola’s teachers union opposes changes to state class size rules. Around Osceola, via Gradebook.

Textbooks. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune writes up the bill that would pare back the state’s role in textbook adoption decisions.

Turnarounds. New colors and a new mascot are part of the turnaround effort at a struggling Hernando County school. Tampa Bay Times.

Grades. A veteran Lake County teacher abandons A-F letter grades in favor of student portfolios. Orlando Sentinel.

STEM. NASA helps promote science to Lake County students. Orlando Sentinel. Hillsborough students team up with the International Space Station. Tampa Tribune. Lee County students take part in a STEM showcase. Fort Myers News-Press.

Diplomas. A woman accused of handing out fake Pasco County Schools diplomas will not face criminal charges. Tampa Bay Times.

Teachers. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel profiles a local teacher of the year who focuses on making reading interesting for her students. A Central Florida teacher sells the film rights to his story about battling brain cancer. Orlando Sentinel.

Testing. Sorority sisters help Central Florida students prepare for FCAT. Orlando Sentinel.

Graduation. Duval County leaders are pushing to boost graduation rates. Florida Times-Union.

School boards. The Lee County school board puts off plans to increase its membership. Fort Myers News-Press.

Reading instruction. High school seniors in Bradenton help youngsters learn to read. Bradenton Herald.