Florida schools roundup: Charter schools, testing, school boards and more

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. A school district mistakenly and unlawfully tries to exclude a charter school student from middle school sports. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The State Board of Education approves a charter school appeal from Polk County. Lakeland Ledger.

School choice. A debate over whether to draw school boundaries or stick with a controlled-choice system divides Coral Gables residents. Miami Herald.

Testing.  Proposed testing legislation would reduce the impact of test scores on teacher evaluations. Tampa Tribune. Palm Beach officials test their district’s bandwidth to make sure computer networks can handle the testing load. Palm Beach Post.

Budgets. Increasing property tax collections to fund schools create new scrutiny for Gov. Rick Scott’s spending plans. Tampa Bay Times.

School grades. Recognition funds on are on the way for the state’s top-performing schools. Gradebook.

Superintendents. Hillsborough negotiates with an internal candidate to be its next district leader. Tampa Bay Times. Treasure Coast newspapers have updates on superintendent hiring in St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. Consultants pitch plans to lead Volusia’s superintendent search. Daytona Beach News-Journal. Alachua’s superintendent is named to a state panel on testing and education reform. Gainesville Sun.

Teacher pay. Santa Rosa teachers are still a long way from agreement with the school district on possible raises. Pensacola News-Journal.

School boards. Collier parents are irked that the name of a former school board member accused of child rape is listed on plaques at district facilities. Naples Daily News.

Early warnings. A system for drawing attention to at-risk students gets plaudits in Marion County. Ocala Star-Banner.

Drama. A Pasco high school emerges as a thespian powerhouse. Tampa Bay Times.

Contracts. The case of a technical school principal accused of theft will come up for a hearing. Tallahassee Democrat.

Suicide. A Central Florida community is devastated by a 14-year-old’s suicide in a middle school bathroom. Orlando Sentinel.