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Florida education news: Principals, teacher pay and more

By Jeffrey Solochek
Published: December 7, 2017
Steve Crognale, 51, is the Hernando County School District Principal of the Year 2018. Paulette Lash Ritchie | Special to the Times

PRINCIPALS: Steve Crognale is named Hernando County Principal of the Year. • Krissy Perkins is the new principal at Trapnell Elementary in Plant City.

LABOR NEWS: Florida Virtual School leaders oppose a push to unionize teachers. • Negotiators expect a contract agreement before winter break for Pasco County school employees. • The Citrus County School Board approves raises for teachers, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

DIVERSITY ISSUES: Alachua County schools have Florida's largest achievement gap among students of different races, the Independent Alligator reports. • Lee County NAACP leaders will meet with school district officials to discuss their concerns about disproportionate student discipline, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

VOUCHERS: Tax-credit scholarship backers tell Florida lawmakers they support added oversight of schools that accept the funds, but warn of over-regulation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

THE BOOK STAYS: The Santa Rosa County school district declines to ban Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 after a parent complaint, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

PARTNERSHIP: Gulf Coast State College and the Gulf County school district seek to jointly build an education center to offer advanced STEM programs, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A bill to allow guns at private schools on church properties stalls in the Florida Senate, the Associated Press reports. • A Walton County second-grader is found with an unloaded gun on his school bus, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

INVESTIGATION: A suspended Okaloosa County school investigator tries to tell his story to the School Board, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

PUBLIC SERVICE: Martin County residents wonder why the school district would tear down well-used ballfields if it relocates its administrative offices, TC Palm reports.

REZONING: About 1,900 Palm Beach County middle school students will be reassigned as the district shuts down their school, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: The Sarasota County school district looks for better ways to communicate security issues to the public, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Senate PreK-12 Appropriations Committee, 9 a.m.