Florida education news: Vouchers, free speech, charter schools and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
CHRIS URSO  |   TimesFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, waves to the crowd after being introduced at Tampa Bay Academy Monday, April 15, 2019 in Tampa. DeSantis made a stop at Tampa Bay Christian Academy to urge lawmakers to pass his voucher plan.
CHRIS URSO | TimesFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, waves to the crowd after being introduced at Tampa Bay Academy Monday, April 15, 2019 in Tampa. DeSantis made a stop at Tampa Bay Christian Academy to urge lawmakers to pass his voucher plan.
Published April 16
Updated April 16

VOUCHERS: Gov. Ron DeSantis visits a Tampa private Christian school to reiterate his support for legislation to expand school vouchers in Florida. “Parents should be in the driver’s seat” when it comes to their children’s education, he told the audience.

FREE SPEECH: Gov. DeSantis calls upon state universities to adopt policies to allow for all viewpoints to be discussed freely on campus, even ones people might “loathe.”

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Plato Academies, one of the Tampa Bay area’s largest charter school groups, severs ties with its longtime management company. • The Clermont City Council appeals a court decision that overturned a permit it issued for a charter school, the Daily Commercial reports.

LABOR NEWS: Pasco County teachers reach a tentative contract deal with the district after a weekend mediation session. • Brevard County teachers plan a “walk-in” to protest state education policies, Florida Today reports.

AUDITS: Hernando County school district officials say they are resolving issues discovered in a financial audit, such as improperly using general funds for capital projects. • The Manatee County school district gets a negative audit relating to its troubled software implementation, among other issues, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TAXES: The Florida House will consider legislation to require school districts to share local tax referendum revenue with charter schools, including measures that voters have already approved, Florida Politics reports.

ARMED EMPLOYEES: The Okaloosa and Walton county school districts consider participating in the state school guardian program, the Destin Log reports. • The Fort Myers City Council will ask the Lee County school district to pay more for resource officers, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SCHOOL NURSES: Duval County schools are struggling to place a nurse on every campus, WJAX reports.

SCHOOL ZONES: About 400 Palm Beach County elementary students could be reassigned to different schools to ease crowding, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TODAY: House Appropriations, 10 a.m. (On the agenda: HB 7123 taxation) • House Education, 1:30 p.m. (On the agenda: HB 7055 career education) • Health and Human Services, 2 p.m. (On the agenda: HB 1171 parental rights)

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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