Florida education news: Discrimination, rezoning, charter schools and more

Pinellas Park Middle School [Cherie Diez | Times]
Pinellas Park Middle School [Cherie Diez | Times]
Published December 21 2017

DISCRIMINATION? Two black teachers had requested transfers out of Pinellas Park Middle School, alleging "hostile and racially charged" work conditions. A school district investigation uncovered no racial discrimination, though. NAACP officials say they will continue to monitor the school.

REZONING: The Pasco County School Board hears from only two people at its public hearing to alter attendance zones for four west-side high schools.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Florida Commission on Ethics removes suggestions that charter schools are "business entities" from one of its advisory opinions.

AFTER THE STORM: Pasco County school district officials calculate district costs of Hurricane Irma at $3 million. They anticipate a reimbursement of about half that amount.

ACCOUNTABILITY: The U.S. Department of Education calls on Florida to revise its Every Student Succeeds Act plan, Education Week reports. Read the letter.

GRADUATION RATES: Several Florida school districts anticipate lower graduation rates for 2017 because of a one-line change to the formula tucked into HB 7069, TC Palm reports.

COLLABORATION: The Gulf County School Board agrees to join Gulf Coast State College in creating a STEM learning center, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Citrus County high school teacher resigns amid an investigation into whether she tried to change a student's grades so he could play football, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: St. Johns County families will have two schools available for open enrollment this year, down from four a year ago, the St. Augustine Record reports.