Florida education news: Makeup days, leadership, security and more

Custodial workers helped wipe down the walls inside Wiregrass Ranch High School as Hurricane Irma evacuees left the school, which served as a shelter. [Jeffrey S. Solochek]
Custodial workers helped wipe down the walls inside Wiregrass Ranch High School as Hurricane Irma evacuees left the school, which served as a shelter. [Jeffrey S. Solochek]
Published May 15

MAKEUP DAYS: School districts across Florida had trouble rescheduling their classes to provide enough instructional time after hurricanes Irma and Maria last fall. Pasco County district leaders discovered not all their schools offered the same number of minutes for learning. So they're adjusting bell schedules, lunch periods and passing times to make everything equal, which also should help the next time they have to set up makeup days.

REORGANIZATION: The Hillsborough County school district plans an administrative reorganization to improve its financial picture and refocus its priorities.

COMPLAINT LINE: Pasco County parents with school complaints will have a new district dispute resolution office to work with if they aren't satisfied with school-level responses.

SECURITY: The Volusia County school district is the latest to consider hiring security guards without arrest powers to monitor schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • The Monroe County sheriff agrees to place an officer at an elementary school that didn't have one, the Keys Weekly reports.

IN COURT: The Orange County school district seeks $1.2 million in alleged overcharges from AT&T, Spectrum 13 reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Brevard County superintendent Desmond Blackburn resigns to take over a California-based education nonprofit, Florida Today reports. Blackburn has been on the state's panel investigating the Parkland school shooting, the Sun-Sentinel reports.  • The Duval County School Board winnows its superintendent candidate list to three, the Florida Times-Union reports. One of the three is from Manatee County, the Bradenton Herald reports.

FUNDING: Two Florida Democrat lawmakers seek to force a special legislative session on public school funding, Florida Politics reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Duval County teacher who had been arrested four times is fired, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PROM CONTROVERSY: The principal of a Miami high school apologizes for allowing live caged animals at the school's prom, CBS Miami reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Some Sarasota County parents plan to protest a proposed new charter school by Academica, saying it's a for-profit organization not in the community's best interest, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The Gadsden County school district works to improve its two low-performing high schools, which merged into one as part of an improvement plan, WTXL reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Two parents of children killed in the Parkland school shooting plan to run for Broward County School Board, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

STREET TRAFFIC: Sarasota County residents and the school district debate a proposal to close a street that runs through the Sarasota High campus, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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