Florida roundup: Scholarship accounts, lawsuits, charter schools and more

Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts. The Orlando Sentinel takes an in-depth look at the newest education option for special needs students.

florida-roundup-logoLawsuits. Parents of children with special needs ask to be allowed to join the state in defending Florida’s new school choice law. WFSU. Saint Petersblog. Gradebook.

Charter schools. The backers of a charter school at MacDill Air Force Base try again with a new application. Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Tribune. The Hillsborough superintendent threatens to close three charter schools with the same operator. WTSP. Gradebook.

Campaigns. The Pinellas school district asks gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist to pull an ad shot at one of its schools. Tampa TribuneThe Buzz. WTSP. School board candidates debate in Pinellas and Brevard. Tampa Bay Times. Florida Today.

Back to school. New choice programs will be available to Pinellas students when school starts again. Tampa Bay Times. New standards will change the way students learn in the coming year. Tampa Bay Times. The Martin County district sets up a “university” to inform parents about policy changes. Palm Beach Post. A sales tax holiday starts today. Tampa Bay Times. Ocala Star-Banner.

Budgets. Brevard lays out its plans for capital spending that would be funded by a proposed sales tax. Florida Today. Additional revenue allows the district to avoid cuts. Florida Today. Collier schools are running out of classroom space and need to trim their budget. Naples Daily News.

Testing. A Lee school board member opts his children out of standardized testing. Fort Myers News-Press.

Discipline. A Duval program for at-risk girls gets new funding. Florida Times-Union.

Security. Manatee schools plan to add resource officers at elementary schools. Bradenton Herald.

After school. A new Duval program aims to help parents navigate after-school options. Florida Times-Union.

Mascots. The Sarasota school board hears a request to change a team nickname for “The Indians.” Sarasota Herald-Tribune.