Florida education news: Charter connections, budgets, bonuses and more
CONNECTED: Rep. Erik Fresen, at the heart of a Florida House effort to shift school district construction funding to charter schools, has close ties to charter firm Academica. The Florida Senate proposes an alternative approach to Fresen's idea.
EXODUS: Hernando County teachers leave the district at higher rates than in the past.
TENSIONS: A Duval School Board member wants to fire superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Florida Politics reports.
DISSENSION: The awarding of Best and Brightest bonuses to Gulf teachers causes divisions in the ranks, the Port St. Joe Star reports.
SAFETY CONCERNS: A stray bullet nearly hits a child in a portable classroom at a Miami-Dade elementary school, NBC Miami reports. It's the second such incident in two days, CBS Miami reports. More from the Miami Herald. • A threat on a Manatee school is deemed not credible, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A teacher at a St. Augustine Catholic school resigns after bringing a gun to school, the St. Augustine Record reports.
NIMBY: Residents of a rural Collier community say a proposed new charter school nearby would hurt their way of life, the Naples Daily News reports.
TAXES: A Palm Beach School Board member criticizes a plan to share district sales tax revenue with local museums, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: Contract talks for Volusia school bus drivers and cafeteria workers end in impasse, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
DRESS CODE: An Escambia high school's crackdown on leggings blows up on social media, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.