Friday, August 17, 2018

Florida education news: Superintendents fired and hired, election drama and a rally for unions

OUSTED: Hernando County School Board votes 3-2 to fire Superintendent Lori Romano, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

LAWSUITS: A lawyer, apparently representing Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano, threatens legal action against two School Board members, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

ELECTIONS:  Pinellas County School Board candidate Matt Stewart accuses his opponent of “misleading voters” by changing her home address ahead of the election, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The first candidate files to run for Hillsborough County School Board in District 1, the seat Susan Valdes will vacate to run for the State House, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

SAFE SCHOOLS: Broward County School Board voices concerns about under-reporting of incidents in district schools, the Sun Sentinel reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Manatee County School Board members make a case for Deputy Superintendent Cynthia Saunders to take the district’s top spot, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Mark Mullins chosen as new superintendent of Brevard County schools, Florida Today reports.

SCHOOL SECURITY: Lake County School Board votes 3-2 to allow school administrators to carry guns on campus once they are trained as part of Florida’s new guardian program, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Volusia County School Board approves a plan for hybrid program using a combination of school resource officers and trained guardians to arm all its elementary schools, the News-Journal reports. • More than 300 people apply for 100 jobs to patrol elementary schools in Duval County, the Times-Union reports. • Citrus County commissioners agree to give sheriff $1.1 million to help fund school resource officers, the Chronicle reports.

TAXES: Clay County School Board approves property tax increase to fund school safety, News4Jax reports. • Monroe County School Board unanimously approves a tax increase to fund state-mandated school security, Keys News reports.

UNION: Public education activists rally against new Florida Law (HB 7055), which requires that half of all teachers eligible to be members of a teachers union must pay dues or else the union will be decertified, WLRN reports.

FACILITIES: Palm Beach County School Board set to consider plan to add a new school, a renovated school and an expanded school campus in Boca Raton over the next three years, the Sun Sentinel reports.

REPORT CARDS: Bay County School District blames state’s late release of end of course exam reports for report card delay, the News Herald reports.

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