Florida roundup: Magnet schools, school choice, TFA and more

florida-roundup-logoMagnet schools. A Pasco magnet school principal tells students it’s OK to fail, as long as they learn from it. Tampa Bay Times. A Palm Beach magnet school celebrates its 25th anniversary. Sun-Sentinel.

Charter schools. A successful conversion charter elementary may grow into the middle grades. Bradenton Herald.

School choice. Tax credit scholarship recipient-turned-grad-student Denisha Merriweather writes in the Tampa Tribune that she’s living proof school choice can work. Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog and employs the author of this post, helps administer the program.

Failure factories. Pinellas schools officials are working to address problems in South St. Petersburg, and parental choice may be part of the answer, Superintendent Mike Grego writes in the Tampa Bay Times.

Weather. Hendry County closes schools Monday amid flooding concerns; other districts remain open. Fort Myers News-Press.

Testing. A testing validity study is expected this week, after a delay. Sentinel School Zone. GradebookOrlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab weighs in on lawmakers considering changes.

TFA. The organization’s new Orange County operation brings 18 recruits to schools. Orlando Sentinel.

Back to school. A school with lots of low-income students gets help with supplies. Bay News 9. A Methodist church extends a helping hand in Brevard. Florida Today.

STEM. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune profiles a teenage science whiz.

Safety. A Tallahassee high school student works to improve relations between students and police. Tallahassee Democrat. A woman under the influence tries to pick children up from school. WKMG.

Athletics. High school football players see signs of career sabotage after they consider transfers. Tampa Bay Times.

Growth. The St. Johns school board weighs growth management options. St. Augustine Record. Brevard enrollment counts come in slightly below the district’s projections. Florida Today.

Special needs. Brevard sets aside $2.4 million for ESE programs. Florida Today.

Facilities. Cows graze on a future Pasco school site. Gradebook.

Boundaries. Hernando plans to present a rezoning plan to the public. Tampa Bay Times.

Transportation. Bus issues continue in Palm Beach. Palm Beach Post. An attorney threatens legal action. Palm Beach Post. A Jackson County school bus crashes. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Teacher conduct. A South Florida teacher is arrested on child porn charges. Sun-Sentinel.

Dress code. An exposed school volunteer led to talk of an adult dress code. Palm Beach Post.

Enrichment. Lake schools offer after-school programs. Daily Commercial.