Florida schools roundup: Lawsuits, rankings, teacher pay and more

. The Florida Education Association says it will drop one of its school choice lawsuits. Associated PressNews Service of FloridaPalm Beach PostSaint PetersblogScripps/TribuneTimes/HeraldredefinED.

Rankings. A change in criteria sends Florida tumbling in Education Week‘s Quality Counts rankings. redefinEDTampa Bay Times. Orlando Sentinel. Tampa Tribune. Palm Beach Post. Associated PressGradebookStateImpact. WFSUUS News & World Report.

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. South Florida lawmakers file bills to restrict proposed new charter schools. Palm Beach Post.

Teacher pay. Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, files a bill that would raise minimum teacher pay to $50,000 per year. StateImpactNews Service of FloridaPalm Beach Post.

School choice. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel publishes a rundown of different school options parents might consider.

Superintendents. Hillsborough’s teachers union leader sticks by her superintendent. Gradebook. Palm Beach schools plan a national search for a new leader. Palm Beach Post.

Budgets. The Manatee County school system improves its credit rating. Bradenton Herald. The Marion County school district releases a preliminary spending plan for revenue from a recent tax referendum. Ocala Star-Banner.

Campaigns. Duval school board member Jason Fischer is already in the thick of a campaign for the state Legislature. Florida Times-Union.

STEM. South Florida students use a weather balloon to take photos from 90,000 feet in the air. Sun-Sentinel.

Technology. Central Florida teachers are told to take their classroom printers home. Orlando Sentinel.

Poverty. Student essays about escaping poverty and homelessness win a contest. Bradenton Herald.

Growth. The Haines City Commission approves new developments amid concerns about their impact on local schools. Winter Haven News Chief. Lee County could be getting a new high school. Fort Myers News-Press.

Student health. A Collier student is infected with tuberculosis. Fort Myers News-Press.

Teacher conduct. Sexual remarks might cost a Duval teacher’s aide his job. Florida Times-Union.