Florida education news: School boards, tax referenda, contract talks and more
LOCAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Pinellas School Board incumbent Carol Cook wins reelection, with Joanne Lentino claiming an open seat. * Voters renew the Pinellas district's school property tax. * Newcomer Tamara Shamburger wins a seat on the Hillsborough School Board, while a countywide seat remains too close to call. * Incumbent Gus Guadagnino grabs a second term on the Hernando School Board.
NOTABLE STATE RACES: Indian River Republican Debbie Mayfield wins a state Senate seat campaigning against Common Core and for an elected Florida education commissioner, TC Palm reports. * Miami-Dade Democrat Dwight Bullard, a teacher vocal on education issues, loses his bid for another term in the state Senate, the Miami Herald reports. * Miami-Dade Republican Rep. Manny Diaz survives a strong challenge to win reelection, the Miami Herald reports. * Leon Democrat Sen. Bill Montford, head of the state superintendents association, wins another term, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
TAXES: Alachua voters overwhelmingly renew their local property tax for schools, the Gainesville Sun reports. * Palm Beach voters approve a local sales tax for school capital projects, the Palm Beach Post reports. * Manatee voters extend their local sales tax for schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Retired district director of operations Tim Forson is appointed the new superintendent of St. Johns schools, the Florida Times-Union reports. * Leon superintendent Jackie Pons is blown out in his reelection bid by longtime principal Rocky Hanna, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. * Bay superitntendent Bill Husfelt cruises to another term, the Panama City News Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Manatee teachers and the district declare impasse in their contract talks, the Bradenton Herald reports. * The Collier School Board approves raises for administrators and support staff, the Naples Daily News reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Two Duval charter schools face closure unless they turn over required financial documents, the Florida Times-Union reports.