Florida education news: ‘Let’s do more,’ school board travel, resource officers and more

Superintendents Diana Greene of Manatee County, Kurt Browning of Pasco County, Jacqueline Byrd of Polk County, Mike Grego of Pinellas County and Jeff Eakins of Hillsborough County gather to protest per-student funding this year from the state. [HCPS]
Superintendents Diana Greene of Manatee County, Kurt Browning of Pasco County, Jacqueline Byrd of Polk County, Mike Grego of Pinellas County and Jeff Eakins of Hillsborough County gather to protest per-student funding this year from the state. [HCPS]
Published March 16 2018
Updated March 16 2018

"LET'S DO MORE": Superintendents from five Tampa-area school districts amp up their call for a special session on K-12 funding, urging parents to flood Gov. Rick Scott's email inbox with requests for a veto of the Legislature's spending plan. "Florida can do more than 47 cents for our future," Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins said. More from the Ledger, Herald-Tribune. • Duval County school district leaders call for a budget veto, the Florida Times-Union reports. More from WLRN.

SCHOOL BOARD TRAVEL: In a less notice measure, Florida lawmakers required school board members to submit more documentation and get more approvals before traveling outside their districts.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Hernando County adds resource officers to schools that did not have one, sharing the cost with the Sheriff's Office. • A Seminole County deputy shares what it's like to be a resource officer, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • A Polk County deputy resigns after being found asleep in his car, gun belt off, while on patrol at a charter school, the Ledger reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Brevard County teachers union seeks more members to avoid decertification under newly adopted state law, Florida Today reports. • The Brevard Federation of Teachers' president steps down, Florida Today reports.

"NEW ERA": Palm Beach County's new superintendent sets priorities for his new administration, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

"FAILED": A grand jury finds Okaloosa County superintendent Mary Beth Jackson failed in her duty to keep students safe, as part of an investigation into reporting of child abuse allegations, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

WALKOUTS: Bay County school district officials say no students were disciplined for participating in school safety walkouts, the Panama City News Herald reports. • A Polk County charter school leader admits to handling student walkouts inappropriately (he held a fire drill to prevent it), the Ledger reports.

RENOVATIONS: An aging Bay County school makes classroom improvements one at a time, the Panama City News Herald reports.

INSURANCE: The Lake County School Board rejects a proposal to change the district's insurance provider, the Daily Commercial reports.

SCHOOL NAMES: An Orlando community asks to have its middle school no longer be named after a Confederate general, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GROWTH: The Santa Rosa County School Board buys land from the city of Gulf Breeze to build a new school, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

REZONING: The Alachua County school district looks into shutting down its low-performing schools and reassigning their students, WUFT reports.

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