Florida education news: School closing, teacher pay, graduation day and more

Anthony Basile chats with graduate Robert Krahn from the Class of 1994 during closing ceremonies at Ridgewood High School on May 22, 2018. [ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times]
Anthony Basile chats with graduate Robert Krahn from the Class of 1994 during closing ceremonies at Ridgewood High School on May 22, 2018. [ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times]
Published May 24 2018

FINAL ACT: Current and former students, staff and friends of Pasco County's Ridgewood High bid a formal farewell to the school, which closes this spring after 40 years of operation. The campus will reopen in the fall as a technical high school, the result of community need and a strict state accountability system breathing down its neck.

PAY TALKS: Hillsborough County teachers negotiate to get as much of their expected salary boost as possible for the year that's ending.

CAP AND GOWN: The USF Sun Dome increases security for high school graduation ceremonies held there this week. • Several Marion County high schools relocate their commencements to indoor venues because of the rain threat, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

MORE RULES: The Florida Department of Education releases a draft rule to govern new reading scholarships for third and fourth graders who fare poorly on the state language arts exam.

NO APPEAL: The Plato Academy charter school group will not challenge the Leon County School Board's denial of its application, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

DRESS CODE: Manatee County school district officials propose revising the student dress code so it deals with disruptive, rather than distracting, attire, the Bradenton Herald reports.  The issue arose after a high school administrator disciplined a female student who did not wear a bra to school. A district lawyer says the ACLU embellished the incident for "media sensationalism," the Herald-Tribune reports.

DISCORD: The Jacksonville City Council takes its mayor to task for his position against its resolution regarding high school testing, Florida Politics reports.

HEADED OUT: A private dropout recovery school operator prepares to remove its sites from Duval County, the Florida Times-Union reports.

THAT'S NOT ALLOWED: A Lake County elementary school teacher and instructional dean are suspended after being discovered in a dark classroom closet together, WFTV reports.

SECURITY: The Volusia County School Board contemplates placing armed safety officers at all schools including charters, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • The Monroe County school district launches a new system that allows students to anonymously report school threats, WLRN reports. • St. Johns County school district officials say law enforcement should be responsible for protecting schools, the St. Augustine Record reports. • Bradenton city officials will consider spending more money on school security, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ZERO TOLERANCE: The Monroe County School Board considers how strict its discipline code should be enforced with a case of a student who had "specks" of marijuana in his car, the Keynoter reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Cape Coral charter school system will tap into its reserves to cover a budget shortfall, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.

FREE RIDE:  The Indian River County school district will stop providing free bus rides to students attending after-school programs at three local nonprofits, TC Palm reports.