Florida education news: Reading, recordings, raises and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published April 23

READING LESSONS: Students at Hillsborough County’s Strawberry Crest High School spend Tuesday mornings at neighboring Bailey Elementary helping second graders learn to read.

MEETING VIDEOS: Pasco County school district officials draft proposed policy to guide the School Board as it prepares to video record and stream its meetings for the first time.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Hernando County kindergarten teacher recorded yelling at students is told to mind her tone of voice in class, amid calls for her removal. • A Sarasota County middle school teacher faces dismissal amid allegations he slammed a student into a wall and then lied about the incident, the Herald-Tribune reports.

VOUCHERS: Florida again takes the lead nationally in pushing to expand school vouchers, Education Week reports.

RAISES: Representatives from the Brevard County school district and teachers union make their cases before a special magistrate in an attempt to overcome differences in negotiations, Florida Today reports.

SUE YOU: Superior Schools Corp. sues Plato Academies after the Pinellas County charter school group terminated the management company’s contract, Florida Politics reports. • The owner of a shuttered St. Lucie County private school is sued for $2 million in unpaid rent, TC Palm reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: A long awaited Destin high school wins charter approval from the Okaloosa County School Board, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

SUSPENDED SUPERINTENDENT: After a legal battle over the governor’s authority, the proposed removal of suspended Okaloosa superintendent Mary Beth Jackson heads to the state Senate for a hearing, the News Service of Florida reports.

HEALTHY KIDS: Students at a Volusia County elementary school will be the first to test out the district’s new project allowing them to chat remotely with a doctor if they’re not feeling well, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CHARTER CHANGES: A Marion County charter school changes its name more than three years after breaking away from its partner school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • The McKeel charter school system in Polk County shuffles administrators, the Ledger reports. • Three new charter schools have applied to open in Lee County, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TODAY: Senate session, 10 a.m. (On third reading: SB 7070 school security) • House session, 12:30 p.m. • Senate Special Master Prehearing Conference on Suspension of Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent, 1 p.m.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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