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Florida education news: Parent voices, teacher tests, Amendment 8 and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Teachers across Florida are losing their jobs after failing a controversial certification exam.
Teachers across Florida are losing their jobs after failing a controversial certification exam.
Published Jul. 20, 2018

PARENT VOICES: Pinellas County mom Linda Kearschner becomes Florida PTA president, and vows to work on key issues to better education for all children regardless of background — even if lawmakers seem not to be listening. "The biggest thing is to continue the dialogue and to focus the voice of the parents and the community on those issues that are critical to the future of our children," she said.

TEACHER TESTS: More than 900 Florida teachers lose their jobs despite their strong evaluations, after failing to pass the state's controversial certification exam, WFTS reports.

AMENDMENT 8: The Florida Republican Party sends $100,000 to the group that's backing Constitution Revision Commission Amendment 8, a measure to create school board term limits, allow a state charter school authorizer, and require civics education in public schools, the News Service of Florida reports. • The Sarasota County School Board is starkly divided over the proposal, the Herald-Tribune reports. • The League of Women Voters is leading a legal challenge of the initiative, hoping to get it removed from the ballot as misleading. Hear our podcast with LWV president Patricia Brigham.

SECURITY: Hernando County leaders consider extending an agreement to help keep officers in the schools. • Broward County school district leaders received warnings about potential security concerns with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High before the campus ever opened, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • The Palm Beach County school district reaches deals to have officers in every school by the first day of classes, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

COUNSELING: Manatee County school district officials consider using free counseling services from a south Florida firm that's been sued by its former employees claiming they hadn't been paid, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Marion County charter high school will stay open despite threats to close it if it received another D grade, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

REPORT CARDS: The Clay County school district considers abandoning standards-based report cards, and asks parents for their views, WJXT reports.

CONNECTIONS: A Tallahassee city commissioner gets a new job with the Leon County school district, becoming the fourth local commissioner to hold two government jobs, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.