Florida schools roundup: Failure factories, testing, safety and more

florida-roundup-logoFailure Factories. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls his visit to South Pinellas County schools “the beginning, not the end.” Tampa Bay Times.

Testing. The New York Times covers Florida’s testing controversy. Parents will soon get the results from last spring’s round of testing. Orlando Sentinel. A Miami Beach parent-teacher organization weighs in. Gradebook. An outmoded testing rule will be taken off the books. Gradebook.

Parental choice. The EdFly recaps parents’ discussion of the impact of reform.

Philanthropy. The Tampa Bay Times looks at the hidden costs of a Gates Foundation grant in Hillsborough.

Class size. The Sun-Sentinel explores the complications of Florida’s constitutional requirement.

Digital learning. The Palm Beach Post talks to an award-winning librarian. Collier parents get tech training. Naples Daily News.

STEM. A student’s project to combat toxic algae wins awards. Stuart News. Students visit an agriculture extension to learn about science and farming. Ocala Star-Banner.

Hazing. A Southwest Florida Catholic school faces an investigation. Fort Myers News-Press.

Facilities. Broward’s superintendent defends a controversial hire. Sun-Sentinel.

Safety. A school is evacuated after a bomb threat. St. Augustine Record. Students at an arts magnet land cash for anti-texting-and-driving videos. Extra Credit.

Employee conduct. A bus driver who left a special needs child on a bus is a no-show at the jail before eventually turning herself in. Extra Credit.

Teacher quality. Manatee schools, with an abundant supply of substitute teachers, pay less than neighboring Sarasota. Bradenton Herald.

Calendars. Manatee schools consider shorter winter breaks. Bradenton Herald.

College. Escambia students get new scholarship opportunities. Pensacola News-Journal.

Campaigns. A Marion school board member seeks re-election. Ocala Star-Banner.