Florida education news: HB 7069, social media, SRO pay and more

The Florida House made a promotional video for Schools of Hope after passing the charter school program. [Florida House]
The Florida House made a promotional video for Schools of Hope after passing the charter school program. [Florida House]
Published April 6 2018

HB 7069: The 14 Florida school districts suing the state over the Legislature's contentious 2017 education omnibus lost a round in trial court, with the judge ruling the law constitutional. "I think we anticipated this would not be a one-stop process," said Pinellas School Board attorney David Koperski.

ONLINE SPAT: A Hillsborough County teacher responds to a School Board member's Facebook post. Things go downhill from there.

RESOURCE OFFICERS: In Pinellas County, a new school resource officer stands to get paid more than a veteran teacher.

AFTER THE FIRE: Hillsborough County school district officials consider not rebuilding a beloved elementary school that was gutted in a fire.

SECURITY MEASURES: The Lake County school district surveys residents on their thoughts about arming school employees, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Sarasota County school district leaders and other elected officials discuss school security during a public forum, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEST SCORES: Palm Beach County school district leaders brace for a decline in graduation rates if the state adopts higher passing scores for some alternate tests, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DRESS CODE: A girl attends her Manatee County high school without wearing a bra, and is told she's a distraction to other students, the Bradenton Herald reports. The girl says she was harassed by the school administrator who came to her about the issue, the Herald-Tribune reports.

PEACE BE WITH YOU: Students in an Alachua County high school learn how to assist in peaceful change, as part of their lessons on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, the Gainesville Sun reports.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A Miami-Dade County father is arrested for possessing a firearm at school after retrieving a loaded gun he had placed in his son's backpack, the Miami Herald reports.

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: Seven cafeteria workers at a Miami-Dade elementary school are hospitalized after they fall ill at work, the Miami Herald reports.

PAY DISPUTE: Teachers at a financially struggling Palm Beach County charter school might go another month without a paycheck, the Palm Beach Post reports.