Thursday, August 16, 2018

Florida education news: Parkland, pot, PETA and more

PARKLAND: Parents of students at Broward County's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High honor "Guardian Angels" for patrolling school grounds since the shooting there in February, when 17 people were killed, WLRN reports.

CLOSING THE GAP: Equity director for Alachua County schools calls for "cultural shift" as she prepares to present to the School Board a plan to close the district's achievement gap, the Gainesville Sun reports.

ANIMALS: People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, known at PETA, asks Forest High School to remove animals from agriculture program after viral video of raccoon drowning, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

DUAL ENROLLMENT: The Sarasota County School Board will vote Tuesday on new agreement that could lose now certified teachers their ability to teach college-level courses at Pine View School for gifted students, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BULLET TAX: Democratic candidate for Florida governor Chris King proposes "safety fee" in form of additional 6 percent tax on firearm ammunition to fuel safety programs in Florida schools, Florida Politics reports.

GRADUATION: A blind senior from in Duval County recounts trials and triumphs as she graduates from Atlantic Coast High School, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PRINCIPAL ERROR: A private school principal in Osceola County admits to Florida Department of Education that he knew his athletics supervisor was a felon, but not that hiring him violated state law, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

POT PROBLEM: Two high school students were taken to the hospital after eating a chocolate bar laced with marijuana at Boynton Beach Community High School, the Miami Herald reports.

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Florida education news: Teacher pay, birthday treats, water supply and more

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