Florida education news: School grades, AVID, charter schools and more
TRANSITION TIME: State grades for most Pasco elementary and middle schools would have fallen precipitously if not for the Florida Board of Education's actions to cushion the results for a year. • St. Lucie superintendent Michael Lannon says using politics instead of metrics to grade schools is unfair to students, teachers, schools and communities, the St. Lucie News Tribune reports.
OF WHAT VALUE? As Hilsborough schools expand use of the AVID program for struggling students, some skeptics question whether it's worth the expense.
WHAT'S THE ATTRACTION? The Pembroke Pines charter school system has a long waiting list even though nearby traditional schools continue to perform well, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TRUST FACTOR: The Broward Teachers Union faces a hard path to restore faith in its members after financial and leadership scandals, the Miami Herald reports.
STICK WITH USF: A Lakeland mother who set up a USF-Lakeland scholarship in memory of her daughter works to ensure the fund remains intact with USF and isn't transferred to Florida Polytechnic, the Ledger reports.
EDUCATION MATTERS: Several Florida legislative elections hinge on education funding and policy espoused by the candidates, Orlando Sentinel columnist Aaron Deslatte writes.
MANIPULATED: St. Lucie superintendent Michael Lannon blasts the state's grading of school districts as getting in the way of teaching and learning, the St. Lucie News Tribune reports.