Florida schools roundup: PLSAs, teacher evaluations, NCLB and more


Magnet schools. Broward officials consider making some programs all-choice. Sun-Sentinel.

School choice. Marion schools move to a new open-enrollment policy. Ocala Star-Banner.

PLSAs. A family explains how Florida’s new Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts will help them educate their daughter. EdFly. The program is administered by scholarship funding organizations like Step up For Students, which co-hosts this blog.

Teacher evaluations. Florida lawmakers want to revisit the percentage of teacher evaluations derived from test scores. Gradebook.

NCLB. The main federal K-12 education statute, most recently dubbed No Child Left Behind, is due for a rewrite and could soon get one. Where does Florida’s Congressional delegation stand? StateImpact.

Testing. Hillsborough officials say they don’t want exaggerated testing fears to affect children. Tampa Bay Times. Lee school board members want lawmakers to cut back on testing. Fort Myers News-Press.

Common Core. Protests against the standards come to the Collier County school board. Naples Daily News.

Careers. The Flagler school district creates a job pipeline for students by working with local businesses. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Recess. Parents go to the Orange County school board to demand recess time in elementary schools. Orlando Sentinel.

Superintendents. The Hillsborough school board is set to vote on whether to keep Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. Tampa Bay TimesSaint Petersblog. A school board member  proposes ousting Volusia’s superintendent. Daytona Beach News-Journal. Lee’s superintendent is cleared of allegations she misled the school board. Fort Myers News-Press.

Administration. District insiders angle for a top administrative post in Pasco. Gradebook. A suspended internal watchdog sues the Manatee school district. Bradenton Herald. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Retirement. Alachua district officials aim to curtail the use of DROP. Gainesville Sun.

Security. Lee schools consider tougher background checks for school employees. Fort Myers News-Press. A Leon high school student is arrested for bringing a gun to school. Tallahassee Democrat.

 Teacher conduct. A high school coach accused of sexual assault will be fired. Fort Myers News-Press.