Florida roundup: Catholic schools, testing, technology and more

florida-roundup-logoCatholic schools. The Tampa Bay Times highlights the new Cristo Rey Catholic High School that’s coming to Tampa.

Testing. State assessments go missing, leaving third graders in limbo. Florida Times-Union.

Technology. A Tampa entrepreneur develops an app to streamline school car lines. Associated Press.

Security. Marion County’s tab for school resource officers rises. Ocala Star-Banner.

Administration. St. Lucie Superintendent Wayne Gent poaches principals from Palm Beach, where he previously led the district. Palm Beach Post. Pasco schools make administrative appointments. Gradebook.

Arts. Miami-Dade students build an exhibition in Miami’s design district. Miami Herald.

LGBT. A Tampa Bay Times columnist assails the Hillsborough school board for declining to take action on  transgender student rights.

Renovations. Where should students go while their school is repaired? Tampa Bay Times.

Losing track. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment goes missing from Pasco schools. Gradebook.

Graduation. The Lee County school district breaks down students’ post-high school plans. Fort Myers News-Press.

Writing. Escambia teachers take part in a workshop. Pensacola News-Journal.

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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.