Florida education news: Secretaries, lockdowns, Confederate flags and more
WHOSE SECRETARY? How divided have the Hernando County School Board and top administration grown? Well, they recently had a two-hour spat over the placement of a secretary's desk within district headquarters.
TESTING: The Hernando County school district eliminates several local student tests.
ONLINE EDUCATION: Florida Virtual School opens 20,000 spots for students from Puerto Rico.
SCHOOL SAFETY: Campus lockdowns appear to be on the rise, but many Florida school districts don't keep detailed records, WPTV reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Charter Schools USA proposal faces intense scrutiny in Marion County, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
TEACHER TRAINING: Florida State University revamps its education programs to a dual-degree model to boost the number of potential teachers and improve their preparation, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CONFEDERATE FLAG: Students waving the Confederate flag disrupt an Osceola County high school's spirit week, WKMG reports.
LABOR NEWS: Bay County teachers and district representatives reach a deal on recording devices in classrooms and turn their attention to salaries, the Panama City News Herald reports.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Duval County school district sets aggressive academic goals for the next three years, the Florida Times-Union reports."A lot of schools were setting their goals too low," assistant superintendent Kelly Coker-Daniel said.
MAGNET SCHOOLS: Three Lee County middle schools will expand their specialty programs with help from a $10 million grant, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Palm Beach County superintendent Robert Avossa takes some heat, and expresses regret, after attacking a Palm Beach Post story as "fake news," the Palm Beach Post reports.
ENROLLMENT: Okaloosa County Schools see their student numbers rise dramatically compared to past years, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. "We are very overcrowded in most of our schools," superintendent Mary Beth Jackson said.
STORM WATCH: Santa Rosa and Escambia county schools remain open while watching Tropical Storm Nate's possible approach, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
COMMENT-HAPPY: A public relations firm hired by the Sarasota County school district appears to create several separate accounts to comment on Herald-Tribune stories about its clients, the Herald-Tribune reports.
TEACHER BONUSES: Some South Florida teachers hoping to qualify for a Best and Brightest award prepare to retake the SAT, the Sun-Sentinel reports.