Florida education news: Budgets, DeVos votes, guns at schools and more
BUDGETING: The Hernando County school district will hold off its request for added state money to support its program helping under-served students with mental illness because of anticipated state budget cuts. • Some state lawmakers tell the Palm Beach School Board that Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to spend more on education is not supported by revenue projections, WPTV reports. • Scott proposes an increase in prekindergarten funding per student, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DEVOS DEALINGS: Florida's two U.S. senators face a flurry of activists urging them to oppose Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos.
SUPERINTENDENTS: A divided Flagler County School Board declines to quickly hire a new superintendent from within, instead opting for a broader search, FlaglerLive.com reports.
SCHOOLS MATTER: Marion County superintendent Heidi Maier shifts 14 district-level jobs to school positions, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SCHOOL DAYS: The Palm Beach County School Board investigates ways to extend learning time, the Palm Beach Post reports.
INDISCRETION: A Lee County middle school principal resigns his post amid an investigation of his sexual relationship with an assistant principal who he hired, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. The assistant principal has been reassigned.
RENTAL PROPERTY: The Palm Beach County School Board isn't inclined to rent private property for its next new school, though a lease-to-own approach isn't off the table, the Palm Beach Post reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.
FREE LUNCH: An anonymous donor sends $200 to offset unpaid lunch debts for some Palm Beach County students, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BUS SAFETY: A Sarasota County school bus driver is charged with careless driving, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GUNS ON CAMPUS: Students are found to have brought guns to three separate Duval County schools, WJAX reports.
TRANSFORMATION: A Broward County middle school might become a 6-12 collegiate academy next year, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Gulf County school district settles a complaint that superintendent Jim Norton interfered with teacher union operations regarding the Best and Brightest bonus, the Port St. Joe Star reports.