Florida education news: State funding, teacher tenure, high school graduations and more

Russell Hosford, left, Sergeant at Arms of the Florida House and Tim Hay, Sergeant at Arms of the Florida Senate, drop the ceremonial handkerchiefs to signify Sine Die, or the end of the legislative session at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, March 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser), The Associated Press
Russell Hosford, left, Sergeant at Arms of the Florida House and Tim Hay, Sergeant at Arms of the Florida Senate, drop the ceremonial handkerchiefs to signify Sine Die, or the end of the legislative session at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, March 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser), The Associated Press
Published May 18

SPECIAL SESSION? The Florida Legislature ended its spring session amid criticism of its public education budget, which added 47 cents to the base per-student allocation for general operations. Thirty-five House Democrats have filed a petition to poll lawmakers about returning to Tallahassee so they can reconsider the funding plan.

TENURE: A new report suggests Florida's move to eliminate teacher "tenure" in 2011 had limited effect on improving student academic performance.

GRADUATION: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston held a contest in which the winning high school would get him to speak at graduation. A Pasco County school won, but turns out the prize isn't available.

TEACHER TESTS: The passing rate on Florida's teacher certification exams remains low for a third consecutive year, Scripps reports.

IMMIGRANT STUDENTS: A civil rights group demands the Miami-Dade County school district stop diverting teen immigrants from high school into adult education, the Miami Herald reports. Experts say finding the right education options for arriving immigrants can be difficult, the Miami Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Two internal candidates are the frontrunners to become Brevard County's next superintendent, Florida Today reports. • The Duval County School Board interviews the second of three finalists for its superintendent post, WJXT reports. If Manatee superintendent Diana Greene gets the job, the Manatee district has some big decisions ahead, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Orange County deputy superintendent Jesus Jara inks a three-year deal to lead the Clark County, Nev., school district, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Florida schools will receive $84.5 million in federal funds to further help with recovery from 2017 hurricanes, TC Palm reports.

TEACHER TRANSFERS: Dozens of Duval County teachers face involuntary job transfers as the district eliminates positions to balance its budget, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SECURITY: Citrus County leaders continue to debate which agency, if any,  will pay to place officers in every public school, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • The Gulf County School Board decides against arming its employees, for now, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

BAD ACTS: A Brevard County teacher faces termination after porn turns up on his school-issue laptop, the Brevard Times reports. • Marion County School Board members show little support for a teacher accused of drowning raccoons with students, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Six students and one parent are arrested after a fight at a Broward County school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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