CHARTERS: Following Superintendent Kurt Browning’s recommendation, Pasco County School Board approves a 5-year contract with a school associated with Florida’s largest charter company, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • After the Palm Beach County School Board’s vote to shut it down, problematic Eagle Art Academy could get a second chance, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BALLOT BOX: Three Florida school board members form a political committee called 8 is Great to promote Amendment 8, which calls for school board term limits, required civics literacy classes and the ability for the Legislature to create new forms of public schools, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • Republican gubernatorial candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis voice support for school board term limits but do not weigh in on other two provisions in Amendment 8, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
ADMINISTRATION: Principal transferred out of long-struggling Potter Elementary School by Hillsborough County School Board ahead of possible takeover by an outside operator this summer, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • A Collier County principal fired in April files a lawsuit alleging the school district punished her for reporting on-campus criminal activity to law enforcement rather than keeping matters “in house,” the Naples Daily News reports. • Duval County school interim Superintendent Patricia Willis promotes son and niece to principal positions, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SCHOOL CHANGES: After three years of work, Pine View Middle School becomes Pasco County’s first International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme authorized school, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
COURT: Parents suing the state over its public education funding system ask the Florida Supreme Court to send the case back for another review after lower courts dismissed it, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
SUPER SALARY: Lee County School Board members vote 6-1 to approve a nearly 13 percent raise in pay for Superintendent Greg Adkins, the News-Press reports.
BOARD TROUBLE: The Sarasota County School Board bickers after one member said she would hold a special discussion on school security even if her fellow officials could not attend, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: Law enforcement will stage an active shooter drill involving “simulated-blank gunfire” this morning at Bayshore High School in Manatee County, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Palm Beach County sheriff rejects school district’s request that he provide a rotating team of deputies for overtime patrols at 50 public elementary schools, calls for one-year deal instead, the Palm Beach Post reports. • St. Johns County schools superintendent says cost of state-required school safety measures have left board in budget limbo, the St. Augustine Record reports.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: One student’s essay about racism at Miami’s elite MAST Academy Virginia Key racks up enough views to crash host website, the Miami Herald reports.