Florida education news: School safety, testing problems, recycling and more
SAFETY SOLUTIONS: The Hillsborough and Hernando school districts decide to keep armed officers posted at elementary schools through the end of the school year. The Pasco and Pinellas school districts will not. • The decision whether to continue having officers in schools is split in Broward cities, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Palm Beach district officials aren't keen on adding guards and metal detectors as security measures, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The Marion School Board considers a sales tax referendum to pay for added security improvements, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Officers return to Alachua schools, where they hope their presence will make a difference for kids, the Gainesville Sun reports. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
CLOSER LOOK: The Hernando school district is investigating its chief finance officer over inappropriate posts to her Tumblr site during work hours after a first review turned up nothing. The Times calls for her resignation or dismissal.
DEMOTED: A Duval elementary school principal is reassigned to an assistant principal job at a different school over testing improprieties, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BEING GREEN: Volusia students take lessons on recycling to heart, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
COME TOGETHER: Polk leaders look to the positive relationship that three schools sharing one Bartow campus have for ideas on how to improve frosty relations between Lakeland High and the Harrison Center for the arts, which also share a campus, the Ledger reports.