Florida roundup: Music, IB programs, tax credit scholarships and more

IMG_0001.JPGArts. A conservatory school bucks a trend of stagnant or declining enrollment in Palm Beach. Palm Beach Post. Collier students get lessons from a professional musician. Naples Daily News.

International Baccalaureate. Students at a Tampa high school excel. Tampa Tribune.

Tax credit scholarships. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio mentions the program in a column about combating poverty. Miami Herald. Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog and employs the author of this post, helps administer the scholarships.

Budgets. A Pasco teacher pleads with the district not to cut staff at her school. Gradebook.

Leadership. Broward superintendent Robert Runcie gets a mostly positive evaluation from the school board. Sun-Sentinel.

Safety. Teachers should generally avoid physically breaking up fights among students, union leaders say. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Renovations. Two revamped elementary schools draw praise from parents. Tampa Bay Times. Volusia schools revamp athletic facilities. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Campaigns. Leon County’s superintendent’s race is shaping up to be its most expensive ever. Tallahassee Democrat.

Theft. School booster and PTSA groups try to combat it. Orlando Sentinel.

Career education. Veterinary students watch a tiger get spayed. Stuart News.

Nutrition. Central Florida districts try to make lunches more appealing. Orlando Sentinel. A Boynton Beach school holds a rummage sale to stock a new food pantry. Palm Beach Post.

Transportation. Records show Palm Beach school officials may not have blown off a lawmaker. Palm Beach Post.

Contracts. It could take more than a year for a contentious Brevard software program to be fully operational. Florida Today.

Teacher quality. Gradebook checks up on a contentious teacher bonus program.

Back to school. A kickoff event helps prepare teachers and staff for Hernando’s new year. Tampa Bay Times.