Florida education news: Board races, memorials, dismissals and more

April Griffin, campaigning here for a third term on the Hillsborough County School Board, announced Wednesday that she will not seek a fourth term this year. [Times files (2014)]
April Griffin, campaigning here for a third term on the Hillsborough County School Board, announced Wednesday that she will not seek a fourth term this year. [Times files (2014)]
Published February 12

BOARD RACES: Even as Florida's government leaders discuss the need for school board term limits, Tampa Bay area board races are heating up. Veteran Hillsborough board member April Griffin announces she will not seek another term, leaving room for one of six announced hopefuls to ascend to the post. Meanwhile, long-time Pasco board member Allen Altman draws his second challenger in former teacher Kenneth Mathis.

IN REMEMBRANCE: Pinellas County's Seminole High School unveils a sculpture honoring the founder of its Gay-Straight Alliance, who died in the Pulse shootings.

DISPUTED FIRING: A teacher at a Miami Catholic school is fired after marrying her same-sex partner, causing an uproar among parents, the Miami Herald reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Miami-Dade County school district revises its policies to reduce the use of the Baker Act on young children, the Miami Herald reports. More from WLRN.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: South Florida schools are struggling to find enough substitute teachers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

REVENUE SHARING: The Broward and Orange county school districts grudgingly hand over a portion of their capital projects tax revenue to charter schools after being warned by the state to do so, WLRN reports.

TENSIONS: The Sarasota County superintendent accuses a board member of sexual harassment, and the board member fires back, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HOUSING: Providing affordable housing for employees could cost the Monroe County school district about $2.5 million, the Keynoter reports.

FINANCES: An outside consultant says the Manatee County school district's financial situation has dramatically improved, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ON THE WAY OUT: Palm Beach County superintendent Robert Avossa was being aggressively recruited for several jobs, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ADVANCED WORK: Lake County will launch its first Cambridge program at Leesburg High, the Daily Commercial reports.

FREE SPEECH: Some University of Central Florida students want to see some speech curtailed on campus, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

OPEN SPACE: The St. Johns County school district has trouble finding space to deal with its fast-growing enrollment, the St. Augustine Record reports.

BAD ACTS: A Volusia County deputy is questioned after video emerges of his slamming a high school student to the ground while trying to break up an argument, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • A Collier County teacher is allowed to resign after making contact with a minor over Facebook, the Naples Daily News reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Senate Education, 3:30 p.m. On the agenda, SB 1644 on instructional materials.

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