Florida education news: Charter school, sign language, VAM scores and more
WHOSE IDEA? Gov. Rick Scott recommended that Charter Schools USA seek to open a charter school at MacDill Air Force Base, records show.
TALKING WITH YOUR HANDS: Students at Explorer K-8 create an American Sign Language club.
DON'T ASK, DON'T PAY: The Dade City government should not charge the Pasco School Board a new stormwater utility fee, the Times editorializes.
KEEP IT PRIVATE: The Gates Foundation supports using VAM scores to evaluate teachers, but not making the scores public, the Washington Post reports. • Some Florida teachers challenge the accuracy of the VAM data Florida released this week, the Florida Times-Union reports. More from the Hechinger Report.
MORE TEACHERS: Orange County enters talks to bring Teach For America into its poorest schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TOUGH CUTS: Brevard residents say they're 'disgusted' by new budget reduction proposals, Florida Today reports.
FREEBIES: The Polk school district will give away its surplus books to the public, the Ledger reports.
FLYING: A Flagler high school launches its aeronautics program with a course on unmanned aircraft as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University expands its career academy program, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SAFE TRAVELS: A Lake County lawmaker seeks to expand the definition of hazardous walking routes for school children, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BAD ACTS: A Sarasota teacher faces dismissal for allegedly discussing his sex life with students, the Herald-Tribune reports.