Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Florida education news: School safety, charter denial, teacher sex and more

BAD ACTS: Investigative report accuses two Lee County teachers of having sex at Heights Elementary School last month, the News-Press reports.

BALLOT BOX: In Pinellas County, a 14th candidate files to run for one of four open seats on the School Board, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School leading the March for Our Lives Movement announce nationwide bus tour to encourage young people to vote, Politico reports. More from the Miami Herald.

SUPER SALARY: If approved by the Lee County School Board today, a new contract could boost Superintendent Greg Adkins' salary from $185,000 to $209,000 — a nearly 13 percent raise, the News-Press reports.

CHARTERS: Lake County School Board denies opening of Orange County group's Montessori charter school, citing problems with financial plans and academic record, the Daily Commercial reports.

FACEBOOK FEUD: A Hillsborough County School Board member says "our children deserve better" after one board member's Facebook messages were leaked, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: A Broward County task force of parents whose children were killed in the February school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School deliver plan for heightened security, WLRN reports. More from the Miami Herald. • Sarasota County School Board member calls for community meeting to quell concerns about district's switch to an internal police force, the Herald-Tribune reports.

JOB FINALISTS: The national search for a new police chief of Palm Beach County schools down to six candidates, one of which is the head of the Jupiter Police Department, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PARKLAND: Parents respond to Washington Post story featuring Broward County school resource officer Scot Peterson, who is said to have waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the February shooting that left 17 dead, the Miami Herald reports.

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