Florida education news: Funding, HB 7069, State Board and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
The Florida Supreme Court
The Florida Supreme Court
Published Jan. 16, 2018

BOARD OF ED: Gov. Rick Scott reappoints two Florida Board of Education members to second terms, and replaces a third. The board is scheduled to meet this week, where it will take up a new Schools of Hope rule that several school boards are challenging.

FUNDING: A group of parents has asked the Florida Supreme Court to weigh in on its lawsuit challenging the state's education funding model, following an appeals court ruling in the state's favor, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

HB 7069: A Leon County judge has rejected the Palm Beach County school district's request to stop district sharing of local property tax revenue with charter schools pending the outcome of a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of HB 7069, the Palm Beach Post reports.

STUDENT OUTCOMES: Collier County's increasing graduation rate is not reflected in student test results, the Naples Daily News reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Osceola County school district picks an architect to design its new technical high school, the Orlando Business Journal reports. • The Jackson County school district delays construction of a new K-8 school to wait for needed state funds, the Jackson County Floridan reports.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION: Manatee Technical College wins a $200,000 state grant for new equipment in its manufacturing programs, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: An Okaloosa County middle school student is arrested for threatening the school on social media, WALA reports. • Some Okaloosa County first graders find a loaded gun on their school campus, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

ACT OF KINDNESS: A Palm Beach County elementary school teacher donates a kidney to one of her student's mother, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TEACHER HOUSING: The Monroe County School Board will consider a proposal to allow affordable housing for teachers and other key county personnel on the site of its former district headquarters, the Keynoter reports.

FINANCIAL AID: Broward College must repay $5.6 million to the federal government after distributing financial aid to about 2,000 students who weren't eligible, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TAXES: The Manatee County school district has a short time frame to explain its property tax referendum to voters, the Herald-Tribune reports. • The Sarasota County school district seeks a four-year extension to its local property tax supporting daily operations, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HIRING: The NAACP alleges the Alachua County school district discriminates in hiring, the Gainesville Sun reports.

NO THANKS: About 9,000 Collier County students skip a hurricane makeup day held on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, WBBH reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Senate Education, 1 p.m.