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Florida education news: Taxes, charter schools, superintendents and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
[Associated Press | 2016]
[Associated Press | 2016]
Published May 16, 2018

TAXES: Citing financial needs and an aging infrastructure, Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins says he is investigating the possibility of seeking a local tax referendum to bring in more revenue for schools.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: A Pasco County School Board member says he'll no longer meet privately with district administrators to discuss agenda items before meetings.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: An Escambia County charter school will close after classes end, unable to sustain its shrinking enrollment, WKRG reports. • The Sarasota County School Board rejects a new charter school application by Academica amid protests against the plan, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Outgoing Brevard County superintendent Desmond Blackburn rejects accusations that he looked to leave because of his role in creating Broward County's under-fire discipline program, Florida Today reports. The Brevard School Board says it plans to look internally for a new leader, Florida Today reports. • Manatee County School Board members say they expect superintendent Diana Greene to win the Duval County superintendent's post, the Bradenton Herald reports.

READING LESSONS: The Manatee school district partners with community organizations to help improve reading skills of elementary students and their parents, WWSB reports.

MATH LESSONS: A Volusia County elementary school emphasizes math through hallway murals and other approaches, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SECURITY: Surveyed Lake County high school students say reinforced and locked doors are their top priority for increasing campus safety, the Daily Commercial reports. • Sarasota County Republicans discuss their views on school security, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HONORED: Lake County's teacher of the year has her name placed on the Leesburg High media center, the Daily Commercial reports.

IN COURT: The Orange County school district files a new lawsuit alleging AT&T overcharged the district, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ROAD CLOSED: The Sarasota County School Board approves the temporary closure of a road that runs through the Sarasota High campus, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Marion County high school agriculture teacher is placed on leave after students reported he was drowning raccoons during school hours, WCJB reports. More from Gainesville Sun.

TODAY: Florida Board of Education, 9 a.m., Pinellas County School Board Office, Largo


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