Thursday, April 26, 2018

Florida education news: Year in review, spring break, school gardens and more

LOOKING BACK: Schools are closed, everyone is on break. It's the time of year to review the past year's education news. Among the stories: Pasco County battles over boundaries, Hurricane Irma stalls the school year, Hernando County's Moton Elementary falls onto the state watch list.  More from Leon County (Tallahassee Democrat), Monroe County (Keynoter).

BAD ACTS: A Hernando County teacher accused of inappropriately touching an adult education student is back in the classroom.

CALENDARS: The Brevard County School Board considers an earlier spring break than usual and longer holiday vacations for 2018-19, Florida Today reports.

IN COURT: School districts' challenge of HB 7069 remains unresolved as Florida enters 2018, Florida Politics reports. • A circuit court judge rules the Palm Beach County school district does not have to pay the city of West Palm Beach stormwater drainage fees, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Palm Beach school district has several major projects to tackle using its new sales tax revenue, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Sarasota County's Riverview High will expand its International Baccalaureate program to reach out to underrepresented students, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SAFE SCHOOLS: Homeland Security and the U.S. Army develop a training program at the University of Central Florida to prepare schools for live shooter threats, the Associated Press reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Florida's new open enrollment rules had little effect on schools in the Treasure Coast, TC Palm reports.

SCIENCE LESSONS: Student gardens at Miami-Dade County elementary schools help improve children's science test scores, WLRN reports.

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