Florida roundup: Black student achievement, charter schools and more

florida-roundup-logoPriorities. The Pinellas County school district plans to increase its focus on lifting achievement among low-income black students. Tampa Bay Times.

Charter schools. The Pinellas school board announces another, last-ditch attempt to save two foundering charter schools. Gradebook.

College courses. Manatee County principals would have the final say on whether high school students can enter college-level courses under a revised student-progression plan. Bradenton Herald.

Special needs. A special needs preschool on the Space Coast plans to add a kindergarten. Florida Today.

STEM. How Monroe County is expanding access to computer science courses. Bridge to Tomorrow. Escambia schools run a computer science camp. Pensacola News-Journal.

Elections. Leon County superintendent candidates spar during a heated candidate forum. Tallahassee Democrat.

Shakeup. Hillsborough County schools chief Jeff Eakins shakes up the district ranks, moving top administrators within the district and bringing in fresh blood from out of state. Tampa Bay Times. Pinellas reshuffles principals. Gradebook.

Child care. Broward public schools will offer employees district-run daycare. Sun-Sentinel.

Growth. Lee County approves a new school site despite asbestos concerns. Fort Myers News-Press.

PR. Orange County Public Schools grow their media relations staff. Orlando Sentinel