Florida education news: USF consolidation, school tax proposals and more fallout from vetoes

A roundup of news from around the state.
CHRIS URSO   |   TimesUniversity of South Florida St. Petersburg student Ben Rothering walks on campus Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law allowing the school to become a "branch" campus that retains autonomy over budgets, hiring and curriculum when the USF system consolidates in 2020.
CHRIS URSO | TimesUniversity of South Florida St. Petersburg student Ben Rothering walks on campus Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law allowing the school to become a "branch" campus that retains autonomy over budgets, hiring and curriculum when the USF system consolidates in 2020.
Published June 26

CONSOLIDATION: The best the University of South Florida St. Petersburg can hope for under consolidation — to retain autonomy over budgets, curriculum and hiring — was signed into law Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

VETO: More medical schools were established at other state funded universities recently, so Gov. Ron DeSantis cut $1.7 million in funding toward the one at the University of South Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Another veto leaves Flagler College in St. John’s County about $1 million short in its efforts to improve and protect the Hotel Ponce de Leon, which suffered damage in recent hurricanes, the St. Augustine Record reports.

BANNED BOOKS: St. Lucie County schools continued using books that were found by administrators to have racial and ethnic biases, the TC Palm reports.

FAKE TESTS: In two weeks, Volusia County school officials will release the findings of an investigation into why 336 fake Advanced Placement exams were given to students, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

READING: A literacy tutor in Palm Beach County uses positive affirmations to teach girls to read, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TEACHER PAY: Like his opponent in the race for governor, Gov. Ron DeSantis is looking to pay new teachers more, the Florida Phoenix reports. The Orange County School Board on Tuesday approved a salary package that many teachers oppose, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL TAX: Support for a Duval County school tax fell short Tuesday, with only four of 19 Jacksonville City Council members agreeing to go through with a referendum, the Times-Union reports. More from News4Jax. Clay County school officials are considering a sales tax, too, to fix aging schools and build news ones, News4Jax reports.

BAD ACTS: A private school teacher in Fort Myers will spend 30 months in prison and be required to register has a sex offender after pleading no contest to having sex with a student, the News-Press reports. A Lake County public school teacher was fired Monday for allegedly spraying an autistic student with a water bottle to make him follow instructions, the Daily Commercial reports.

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