Florida education news: Charter schools, dance lessons, clown noses and more
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Florida League of Women Voters opposes a proposal to create a state-level charter school authorizer. • A new charter school will rise in Bay County after winning tax-exempt financing, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Orange County Commission blocks development of two new charter schools in an east county community, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LIVING HISTORY: Ollie Phipps, one of Collier's first black school administrators, teaches life lessons during African-American History Month, the Naples Daily News reports.
DANCING: Fifth graders at a Miami-Dade elementary school take a weeklong residency with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater instructors, the Miami Herald reports.
LEADERSHIP: Duval school district officials talk school turnarounds — not text message tensions — during a lengthy board workshop, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LIFELINE: The Flagler school district reaches a deal that will let its swim and racquet club remain open another year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TESTING: A parent group protests Florida's high stakes testing by sending lawmakers clown noses and urging them to "smell the baloney," the Orlando Sentinel reports.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: An Escambia School Board member keeps the heat on over a recent controversial student disciplinary matter, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
GENDER ISSUES: The Sarasota School Board keeps its policy on transgender restrooms intact while making plans to collect more input, the Herald-Tribune reports.
CLASSROOM POLITICS: A Palm Beach school is in trouble after its marching band played at a Hillary Clinton rally in violation of district policy, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CONFIDENCE BOOSTER: A group of FSU students work with students in a high poverty, heavily minority Gadsden County alternative school to bolster the children's self-confidence, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
FUND RAISER: Haines City officials turn to crowdfunding to find money for academic coaches in their local schools, the Ledger reports.