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Florida education news: Budgets, Amendment 8, security and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
[Associated Press | 2016]
[Associated Press | 2016]
Published Jul. 27, 2018

BUDGETS: Tampa area school districts endeavor to shield classrooms from cuts as they fashion budgets with less discretionary funding than they'd prefer.

AMENDMENT 8: All 10 candidates for Pasco County School Board say they oppose the three-pronged education proposal from the Constitution Revision Commission. • Four of five Duval County School Board members look for ways to fight the initiative, WJCT reports. • Amendment sponsor Erika Donalds explains her support and why she thinks a judge should leave the measure on the ballot in our newest Gradebook podcast.

SECURITY: U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis files legislation aimed at steering more federal money for resource officers toward large school districts such as the ones he represents.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Experts offer ideas for how to support your children in school without becoming overbearing. See the Tampa Bay Times back-to-school stories for more about what's happening as students prepare to return.

GENDER ISSUES: A federal judge rules that a St. Johns County transgender teen can use the school bathroom of his choice, WJXT reports.

SEEKING TEACHERS: The Bay County school district has 50 teacher vacancies remaining as it nears the first day of classes, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Lee County school district also has 50 openings, which is 50 more than it had a year ago, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TEACHER PAY: Veteran Palm Beach County teachers have seen pay cuts over the past decade even as the cost of living increased, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: Florida's school grading system depends on a variety of factors, and should not be considered the sole way to determine a school's success, Florida Phoenix reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells resigns from a local charter school board amid continuing concerns about the principal's role in recommending a teacher with a checkered past, the Bradenton Herald reports.

RENOVATION PROJECTS: Marion County school district officials say they don't have enough money to keep up with all the needed school improvement, maintenance and construction projects on their list, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

REPORT CARDS: An investigation reveals that a Palm Beach County assistant principal inappropriately changed 40 students' grades, the Palm Beach Post reports.

COUNSELING: A Miami firm that offered free support to schools across Florida faces increasing state scrutiny for its business practices, as a growing number of school districts drop its services, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The St. Johns County district is the latest to end its relationship with MCUSA, WJXT reports.

CROWDING: Palm Beach County school district leaders explore why Boca Raton area schools are so crowded, and find it's not just development that's pushing enrollment, the Palm Beach Post reports.

REMOVED: The principal of a Palm Beach County high school is removed as the district launches an unspecified investigation, the Palm Beach Post reports.

KIND ACTS: An Okaloosa teacher is surprised by a stranger who helps pay for her classroom supply purchase in Walmart, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.


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