Florida education news: School safety, superintendents tax rates and more

A Broward County Sheriff's officer is seen Thursday near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. [Washington Post]
A Broward County Sheriff's officer is seen Thursday near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. [Washington Post]
Published March 1 2018

SCHOOL SAFETY: Gov. Rick Scott stops in Tampa to tout his school safety plan, which includes at least one resource officer per school. He reiterates opposition to armed teachers. The Pinellas County School Board urges lawmakers to adopt Scott's proposal. Hillsborough County district leaders say they like the outline but want to see more details. The Hernando County School Board approves a plan to add a deputy to every school. A Pasco County School Board member asks lawmakers not to approve a plan that would arm school employees. • Citrus County school leaders work to make sure students feel secure, not scared, on campus, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • Marion County officials say they want an armed presence on every school grounds, whether an officer or a school employee, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.  • More than half of Bay County school employees say they would back having an armed colleague on campus, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Duval County School Board says it will not authorize armed teachers regardless of any new law, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A private school in Lake County already has armed teachers, the Daily Commercial reports. • St. Johns County school officials plan to bolster security measures, the St. Augustine Record reports.

"TARGET PRACTICE": A Leon County commissioner criticizes a plan to allow armed "marshals" in schools, saying it will turn black students into "target practice" for "trigger-happy teachers," the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

TESTING: A Pasco County School Board member calls upon the district to push spring high school exams back a week, to avoid losing instructional time.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Students return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High for the first time since a shooting attack took 17 lives there, the Miami Herald reports. More from Sun-SentinelReuters, CNN, Washington Post.

ATTENDANCE: Lake County schools attendance is down, particularly at two schools that had shooting threats, the Daily Commercial reports.

WALKOUTS: Sarasota County school administrators will work with students to allow for peaceful protests on March 14, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Miami-Dade County superintendent Alberto Carvalho is named chancellor of New York City public schools, NBC New York reports. More from the Miami Herald. • The Duval County School Board will begin its superintendent search this week, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TAXES: The Martin County School Board considers asking voters to increase property taxes to help give teacher raises, TC Palm reports.

TENSIONS: A Manatee County School Board member says another board member threatened him with a car, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Hillsborough County high school student is arrested during a school brawl. • A Volusia County teacher is arrested on accusations of having sex with an eighth grader, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • An Escambia County student is arrested for saying there might be a gun on his school campus, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TODAY: Senate Rules, 9 a.m. (SB 290 restraint and seclusion, and SB 1940 public records/school safety on the agenda.) • House session, 10:30 a.m. (HB 1091 early learning and HB 1035 personalized education are among bills up for final consideration.) • Senate session, 1 p.m. (SB 7026 on school safety is up for second reading.)