Florida education news: Innovation planning, teacher morale, student successes and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Kindergarten teacher Amanda Iler incorporates Common Core standards into her lessons as Florida works to require the model in 2013. State leaders are now discussing overhauling the standards. [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
Kindergarten teacher Amanda Iler incorporates Common Core standards into her lessons as Florida works to require the model in 2013. State leaders are now discussing overhauling the standards. [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
Published May 22

INNOVATION: Florida’s chancellor for innovation, a newly created position, gets a large portfolio for his job assignment. The work includes executing the governor’s orders and priorities, which encompasses major initiatives such as revising state standards.

DISSATISFACTION: A Hillsborough County school district survey of teachers shows many educators at Jennings Middle share the deep concerns that prompted one of their colleagues to make a very public exit from the profession.

STUDENT SUCCESSES: A Hillsborough County middle school student shares her story in an essay contest and wins a college scholarship. • A teen from Haiti who landed in Orlando speaking almost no English three years ago presses ahead to earn her high school graduation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TEACHER PAY: Boosting teacher salaries will be a top budget priority for Pasco County schools, the superintendent tells the School Board.

THAT TEACHER WITH A GUN: A Pinellas County teacher who brought a loaded gun and knives to school hints she did so as a political statement after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law changes to the state’s guardian program.

SECURITY: The Broward County school district makes it easier to become a school guard, and moves to pay more for the position, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • The Osceola County School Board votes unanimously not to allow classroom teachers to carry guns in school in the guardian program, Spectrum 13 reports.

CODE RED: Police swarm a Broward County high school after a fight breaks out and someone reports one of the students has a gun, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

10 DAYS: The Lee County school district has 10 days to fix findings that it misused $3.9 million in taxpayer money, or face a loss of state funding, WINK reports.

GRADUATION RATES: The Charlotte County school district announces its graduation rate increased by 6 percentage points, surpassing the state average, the Charlotte Sun reports.

YOUR DIPLOMA’S IN THE MAIL: A Palm Beach County teen who brought a pellet gun to school is barred from his commencement ceremony, the Palm Beach Post reports.

GETTING THERE: Sarasota County will examine how to improve safety for students traveling to Brentwood Elementary after a 9-year-old is killed in traffic on his way to school, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SAVING LIVES: Some Sarasota County middle school students learn to use trauma kits to stop potentially fatal bleeding, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BUS CRASH: Four Brevard County students are taken to the hospital after their school bus crashes with a car, Florida Today reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: An Orange County middle school will have heightened security after a faculty member receives a threat of violence, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TODAY: Florida Board of Education, 9 a.m., Tampa

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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