Florida education news: Charter schools, testing, sales tax and more
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Pinellas school district finds Newpoint Education Partners in "deteriorating financial condition" at its three local charter schools. • The head of a Bay charter school resigns after its board strips him of most powers, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TESTING: Polk schools see a smoother start to computerized state testing this year, the Ledger reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Florida lawmakers consider cutting the annual back to school sales tax holiday to three days, the AP reports.
TOP HONORS: Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho wins a prestigious McGraw Prize in Education, the Miami Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: The president of Brevard's teachers union resigns, Florida Today reports. • Lee teachers vote on their proposed contract with skepticism over the money offer, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • The Orange teachers union says there is a culture of fear and retaliation in the district, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LEADERSHIP: A controversial Polk associate superintendent resigns after information about a past scandal emerges, the Ledger reports.
ADVANCED INSTRUCTION: The Sarasota school district will extend the Cambridge Program into its first elementary school, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SAFETY: An Orange County private school is found in violation of several health and safety requirements, WFTV reports.