Florida education news: Start times, superintendents, branding and more

Kashif Haynes boards his bus at 5 a.m. for a 45-mile journey that will take him to Tarpon Springs High, where is he a freshman. Experts on teen health call red-eye pickups like this "unconscionable." [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Kashif Haynes boards his bus at 5 a.m. for a 45-mile journey that will take him to Tarpon Springs High, where is he a freshman. Experts on teen health call red-eye pickups like this "unconscionable." [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published March 2 2018

EARLY TO RISE: Pinellas County school district leaders are discussing whether to start high school classes about 20 minutes later each day. The current situation has students like Kashif Haynes catching the bus at 5 a.m.

BRANDING: The University of South Florida seeks to improve its sense of identity.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Miami-Dade County superintendent Alberto Carvalho decides not to take New York City's chancellor position, the Miami Herald reports. Remember when he almost became Pinellas superintendent? • Duval County kicks off its superintendent search, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ARMED TEACHERS: Florida's caucus of black lawmakers warns that black children would be subject to more gun violence if teachers are allowed to carry concealed weapons. • The Brevard County teachers union comes out against arming teachers, Florida Today reports. • Lee County teachers call the idea "ridiculous," the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Gov. Rick Scott continues to oppose the proposal, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Citrus County's superintendent takes issue with a county commissioner's social media posts regarding how to improve school security, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • Bay County's superintendent will recommend making school entrances more secure, among other school safety plans, the Panama City News Herald reports.

THREATS: Collier County schools experience a surge in threats of violence in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, the Naples Daily News reports. • Four additional Volusia County students are arrested for making threats against their schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Prosecutors say it's hard to pursue these cases because of how state law is written, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

VOLUNTEERING: The Pembroke Pines charter school program that allowed parents to pay their way out of required volunteer hours broke the law, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TODAY: House session, 10:30 a.m. (HB 7101 school safety is on the special order calendar) • Senate session, 1 p.m. (HB 7055 and SB 7026 are on special order calendar) • Appropriations conference committees continue to convene.

Note: There will be no weekly review this week. We plan to continue it again next week.

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