Florida roundup: Charter schools, superintendents, campaigns and more

florida-roundup-logoCharter schools. The Collier school board narrowly votes not to renew a struggling charter school’s contract. Naples Daily News.

Leadership. StateImpact talks to Palm Beach’s new chief. Lee schools begin a search for a new superintedent. Fort Myers News-Press.

Campaigns. Hillsborough’s new slate of school board candidates includes a married couple. Tampa Tribune.

Teacher jobs. Teachers take contract concerns and other issues to Miami-Dade’s superintendent during a homeowners’ meeting. Naked Politics. How far does a school district have to go to find a fired teacher a new job? Gradebook.

School boards. The Sarasota school board will take up its budget, a charter school application and a plan to eliminate out-of-school suspensions. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Alachua’s school board will take over a parenting program. Gainesville Sun.

CAPE. High schools help stoke students’ interest in robotics and advanced manufacturing. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Prayer. Residents urge the Okaloosa school board to resume prayers before its meetings. Northwest Florida Daily News.

Legislation. Testing and choice may be on the Florida Schools Boards Association’s legislative agenda. Gradebook.

Community schools. An Escambia school will soon offer wraparound services to students. Pensacola News-Journal.

Facelift. Artists help beautify a Miami Gardens school. Miami Herald.

Athletics. A South Florida charter school dominates interscholastic bowling competitions. CBS Local.

Teacher quality. A Palm Beach Post columnist skewers a new bonus system.

Awards. A Pinellas middle school is in the running for a national journalism award. Gradebook.

Real estate. The Lake school board approves a property sale. Daily Commercial.

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BY Travis Pillow

Travis Pillow is Director of Thought Leadership at Step Up For Students and editor of NextSteps. He lives in Sanford, Fla. with his wife and two children. A former Tallahassee statehouse reporter, he most recently worked at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research organization at Arizona State University, where he studied community-led learning innovation and school systems' responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. He can be reached at tpillow (at) sufs.org.