Florida schools roundup: Vouchers, charter schools, TOY and more

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. A charter school founder steered contracts to companies he controlled. Palm Beach Post.

Vouchers. The Orlando Sentinel hosts dueling guest columns on private school choice programs. Pro here, and con here.

Testing. The Sun-Sentinel breaks down the frequent closures of Palm Beach school libraries to accommodate testing.

Early learning. What did the state budget do for preschool and school readiness programs? News Service of Florida.

Budgets. Pasco schools are on a hiring spree. Gradebook.

Summer. Duval considers adding summer classes for its youngest elementary students, to keep them from falling behind. Florida Times-Union.

Facilities. Pasco district officials struggle with capital costs. Tampa Bay Times.

TOY. An eighth-grade English teacher from Hillsborough is the state’s new Teacher of the Year. Tampa Tribune. Tampa Bay Times.

School boards. Lee may add two new members. Fort Myers News-Press.

History. Broward’s old district warehouse contains pieces of the past. Sun-Sentinel.

Spanish. StateImpact writes up the poll showing it would be a popular course requirement.