Saturday, June 23, 2018

Florida education news: School safety, education policy, free speech and more

"NEVER AGAIN": Teary-eyed and often choked up, state Sen. Lauren Book — a Democrat who represents the Parkland area — stood before her colleagues and acknowledged the shortcomings of the Senate's school safety bill. It included things Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students passionately asked not to have (armed school employees), and it didn't encompass ideas they demanded (an assault weapon ban). But the Legislature could not "let the perfect be the enemy of the good," Book said, and let the tragedy pass without doing anything. She urged the Senate to compromise and adopt the legislation. It did. • Bay County officials begin planning for immediate safety needs rather than wait for legislation to trickle down, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Four additional officers are assigned to Broward County schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • More from Tallahassee Democrat.

#HB7055: The Florida House adopted the Senate's version of the omnibus education policy bill, passing the measure along to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. The bill grants Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students a pass on this year's state tests and their consequences, WLRN reports.

CAN SHE SAY THAT? A Citrus County educator faces disciplinary action for her white nationalist podcast. Experts say the way teachers present their views, and exactly what they say, can make a difference in determining whether free speech rights should prevail. • The teacher has no record of previous complaints, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

HIGHER ED: Florida lawmakers approve a higher education package that expands Bright Futures scholarships and consolidates the University of South Florida's campuses. More from News Service of Florida.

OUSTED: A Marion County principal is removed for failing to make a timely report to authorities after learning a student might have been abused, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

DIVERSITY: The St. Johns County school district implements a plan to recruit more minority teachers, the St. Augustine Record reports. • Florida Institute of Technology gets its first Black Student Union, Florida Today reports.

STRUGGLING SCHOOL: A new Orange County school faces troubles in its inaugural year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ONLINE EDUCATION: St. Johns Virtual School grows slowly as students seek more flexibility with their classes, the St. Augustine Record reports.

TODAY: Senate session, 10 a.m. • House session, 10:30 a.m.

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On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

These are the candidates who qualified Friday for the Hillsborough County School Board elections in August and November 2018.District 1, northwest Hillsborough and Town 'N Country:This is a special election to replace Susan Valdes, who resigned, effe...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Thirteen candidates will vie for four seats on the Pinellas County School Board this year, as the two hopefuls qualified just before Friday's noon deadline.Three incumbents, including the board's leader and vice chair, aim to keep their seats amid a ...
Published: 06/22/18
Seven candidates qualify for Hernando County School Board races

Seven candidates qualify for Hernando County School Board races

Seven candidates have lined up in races for three seats open on the Hernando County School Board, including incumbents Mark Johnson and Susan Duval.Johnson, who was elected to the board's District 1 seat in 2014, faces challenger ...
Published: 06/22/18
Ballot set for Pasco County School Board races

Ballot set for Pasco County School Board races

Ten candidates qualified to run for three Pasco County School Board seats as the ballot officially closed at noon Friday.All of them had announced their plans well in advance, and rumors of a last-minute hopeful never materialized.The District 5 race...
Published: 06/22/18
Ridgewood High saw little improvement in final year of state testing

Ridgewood High saw little improvement in final year of state testing

As Pasco County school district officials discussed converting Ridgewood High School into a technical school, some leaders kept asking one question: What if the school actually improved its academic performance, making the change unnecessary?The scho...
Published: 06/22/18
Florida education news: Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, immigrant education, tutoring troubles and more

Florida education news: Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, immigrant education, tutoring troubles and more

TAKE A KNEE: Lawyers for the Pasco County school district say students do not have an unqualified, clearly established right to kneel during the daily pledge to the flag, rebutting a family's lawsuit contending otherwise.SUMMER LEARNING: So...
Published: 06/22/18
Pasco County report cards going virtual

Pasco County report cards going virtual

Pasco County parents should not check the mailbox for their children's report cards this summer.The grades are coming online only.After months of planning, the district will release fourth-quarter report cards in the online MyStudent grading system, ...
Published: 06/21/18
Pasco school district rebuts familyís Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit

Pasco school district rebuts familyís Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit

Lawyers for the Pasco County school district say the principal of Wiregrass Elementary School and a first grade teacher there did nothing wrong in their treatment of a student who took a knee while his classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance last...
Published: 06/21/18
Florida education news: Superintendents, test scores, school safety and more

Florida education news: Superintendents, test scores, school safety and more

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Hernando County School Board quickly moves ahead in seeking a new district leader after dumping Lori Romano.BUDGET GAP: Pasco County school district leaders anticipate a budget shortfall as they work to meet new state ...
Published: 06/21/18
Florida education news: New candidates, school security and a suspended PTSA

Florida education news: New candidates, school security and a suspended PTSA

ELECTIONS: A former county official joins the race for a seat on Hernando County School Board, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • In Hillsborough County, one candidate for School Board changes parties and another changes races, the Tampa Bay Times ...
Published: 06/19/18