Florida education news: School grading concerns, a rogue charter operator and more
DOWNGRADED: Educators across Florida are worried that school grades, due out this month, will be lower because of the state's new, tougher rating system, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The paper also reports on a new adult education center in South Apopka and salaries totaling nearly $220,000 for the Orange County school system's new media relations staff.
CAUGHT: Police say Broward County charter school operator Trayvon Mitchell funneled $35,000 in state education money to himself, the Sun Sentinel reports. The paper also reports on the City of Fort Lauderdale mishandling the restoration of a 94-year-old school, and on Florida Atlantic University's plans to spend a $25 million state performance bonus.
NEW CAUSE: An Alachua County elementary school teacher quits her job to go on a 4,000-mile bike trip to raise awareness about the lack of affordable housing. Amanda Brown, 26, says she saw how the problem translated to poor performance among her students, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SUNSHINE DISPUTE: A hearing is scheduled later this month in a lawsuit filed by the St. Johns County School Board against a man the district says is abusing state public records laws, the St. Augustine Record reports.
COMING SOON: Organizers have begun planning for Manatee County's annual 'Christmas in August' event, which gives school supplies and services to about 500 homeless students and their families, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STEPPING UP: A former professor and associate dean at the University of South Florida is the new dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida, the Florida Times-Union reports.