Monday, June 25, 2018

Florida education news: School security, technical education, prekindergarten and more

SCHOOL SECURITY: Pinellas County leaders had planned to place armed law enforcement officers in all public schools, to meet new state requirements. Lacking time and resources, they're now leaning toward using security guards instead, similar to a growing number of Florida districts.  Superintendent Mike Grego says it's just a temporary solution. • Volusia County leaders grapple with creating a security plan, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION: Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam will make expanding career and technical education in Florida a priority of his campaign, the Associated Press reports.

EARLY EDUCATION: Nearly half of students in Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten program were not ready for kindergarten, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ON DEFENSE: The Broward County school system comes under fire for its handling of information about the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The district's questioned discipline policy created a culture of leniency, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

VOUCHERS: A central Florida private school is barred from receiving state tax credit scholarships for a decade because of its persistent violation of the rules, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TEXTBOOKS: A Collier County community group files a formal challenge against the school district's science book selection, saying creationism should be taught along with evolution, WZVN reports.

TEACHER PAY: St. Johns County schools struggle to recruit new teachers because of low salary offers, the St. Augustine Record reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Five semifinalists for Duval County superintendent face questioning over the weekend, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TESTING: The City of Jacksonville urges the Florida Board of Education not to adopt a proposal changing alternative high school testing requirements, WJXT reports.

DUAL ENROLLMENT: State College of Florida says teachers at Sarasota's school for the gifted no longer may teach dual enrollment courses at the school campus, amid grading and reporting concerns, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Lake Wales charter school system plans to open a new campus based on its successful Bok Academy, the Ledger reports.

READING LESSONS: The Kiwanis Club of Panama City brings special reading centers to six Bay County elementary schools to help struggling readers, the Panama City News Herald reports.

YEARBOOK CONTROVERSY: An Escambia High student accuses administrators of rewriting a yearbook page about the school's history because it opened as an all-white campus, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. The school says the student plagiarized the information.

WILD PROM: Students attending a Miami-Dade high school's prom are upset the party included a caged tiger and other animals as part of its display, CBS Miami reports.

BAD ACTS: A student at a Manatee County middle school is arrested for kicking a teacher, the Bradenton Herald reports.

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