Florida education news: Amendment challenge, charter school contracts, branding and more

Chief Justice Charles Canady suggests voters should have no trouble understanding Amendment 8 during Sept. 5, 2018, oral arguments over whether to let it remain on the November ballot. [The Florida Channel]
Chief Justice Charles Canady suggests voters should have no trouble understanding Amendment 8 during Sept. 5, 2018, oral arguments over whether to let it remain on the November ballot. [The Florida Channel]
Published September 6 2018

AMENDMENT 8: Lawyers for both sides make their final appeals to the Florida Supreme Court over whether Amendment 8 should stay off the November ballot. During questioning, four justices suggest the title and summary do not clearly convey the measure's chief purpose, while two say they struggle to understand what's confusing about it. They did not rule. Here's a brief backgrounder on what's on the line.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Leaders of Pasco County's oldest charter school prepare to drop their delay in signing a contract renewal with the school district, after hearing district officials insist the school will have capital funding in coming years.

BRANDING: The University of South Florida unveils a new academic logo as it aims to redefine itself to the outside world.

PAYROLL PROBLEMS: New software causes problems with paychecks and purchases by the Manatee County school district, the Bradenton Herald reports. A software solution might be on its way, the Herald reports.

SECURITY: A statewide commission focused on school safety issues proposes an expansion of the armed school employee modelTC Palm reports. • Duval County schools prepare to begin active assailant drills with students, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Central Florida charter schools have trouble affording security required under new state law, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: Flagler County's superintendent lays a path for the district to earn an A from the state, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SUPPLY DRIVE: A Bay County elementary school seeks donated supplies to replace those stolen from six classrooms over the Labor Day weekend, the Panama City News Herald reports.

MISSING MONEY: The Miami-Dade County Council of PTA is looking into whether thousands of dollars were taken from an elementary school's chapter, the Miami Herald reports.

"IN GOD WE TRUST": Palm Beach County schools replace signs reading "In God We Trust" with the state seal, which includes the phrase, after some teachers complain about the initial signs, the Palm Beach Post reports. State lawmakers this year required all public schools to post the motto in a conspicuous place.

SURPRISE: About 250 eighth graders at a Duval County middle school receive their own computers to help with school work from Comcast, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TAXES: Lee County School Board members explain the perceived need for a local sales tax increase, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDING: Broward County school district officials say the district has extra money available if its $800 million bond runs out before projects are completed, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

IN COURT: The first of four Okaloosa County school district officials arrested on child abuse-related charges is about to stand trial, and says he won't be a scapegoat, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

HOME SCHOOLING: The number of Florida families schooling their children at home continues to rise, Redefined reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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