Florida education news: School resource officers, student rights, charter schools and more
STRETCHED THIN: The number of resource officers in Pinellas schools shrinks while the number of school-based arrests rises. (Times file photo)
VIOLATED: A judge rules that a Hillsborough student's rights were violated when the school wouldn't let him hand out invitations to an Easter party.
RAISES: The Hillsborough School Board approves pay hikes for teachers and other school employees.
APPROVED: The Pinellas School Board accepts a virtual charter school application from a group that's under several investigations, despite members' concerns.
GOALS: The Florida Board of Education sets academic performance targets based on student race and ethnicity, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The board looks to double numbers of students attending charter schools and receiving tax credit vouchers, the Sentinel reports. • The board also adopts legislative priorities for the coming year, the Florida Current reports. • More board action from the Associated Press.
SAFETY: The Lee School Board authorizes purchase of a lightning detection system after a private school student is struck by lightning during football practice, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO PROOF: The State Attorney's office finds insufficient evidence to support accusations that three Martin School Board members violated the Sunshine Law, the Stuart News reports.
TUITION: Gov. Rick Scott's higher education task force considers proposing tuition hikes and variable tuition rates, the AP reports.
REJECTED: The Polk School Board turns down a request to convert a performing arts school to charter status, the Ledger reports.