Florida education news: School board races, charter schools, classroom conditions and more
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A candidate for Pasco County School Board faces criticism from former students, and appears to respond with menacing social media threats.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Pasco County School Board delays consideration of whether to share its capital projects tax revenue with charter schools. It schedules a workshop for after the primary election, which could lead to new voices on the decision. • A new Athenian Academy in Lee County finds temporary space to allow it to open in time for classes, the Naples Daily News reports. • The Sarasota County School Board decides to keep unchanged its charter school capital funding, the Herald-Tribune reports.
COOL IT: The Hillsborough County school district releases a list of school air conditioning repairs it can’t afford.
NO MORE ‘SUBSTITUTES’: They’ll be called “guest teachers” in Pasco schools from now on.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Broward County students who are registered patients will be allowed to use medical marijuana at school, WPLG reports.
IN COURT: The Broward County school district pursues legal action against the Sun-Sentinel newspaper over documents related to the February school shooting in Parkland, leading to concerns among board members, the Miami Herald reports. The board members learned about the case against the Sun-Sentinel from the paper, the Sun-Sentinelreports.
SECURITY: The Volusia County school district can’t find enough people to serve as armed campus guards, WOFL reports. • The Lake County school district is asking voters to increase taxes to pay for security needs, WOFL reports. • The Deltona City Commission will reconsider its decision not to fund officers in schools within city limits, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Flagler County teachers and staff go through active shooter training, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Districts struggling to meet the state’s security mandate seek quick solutions, the Associated Press reports. • Broward County School Board members get angry over the decision to not place metal detectors in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Duval County’s lowest performing schools will get added assistant principals to help new teachers with little classroom experience, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Six teachers at a low performing Alachua County school are removed because of low VAM scores, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Anxiety remains as Broward County students prepare to return to classes after a summer away, WLRN reports.
AS ONE (FOR ONCE): The usually divided Sarasota County School Board has a unanimous vote to delay consideration of extending the superintendent’s contract, the Herald-Tribune reports.
TEACHER PAY: Broward County teachers could get 6 percent raises if voters approve a property tax increase in the primary election, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup