Florida education news: Teacher pay, online tracking, too much sex education and more

Pasco County teacher and school district representatives meet for collective bargaining on July 12, 2018. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Pasco County teacher and school district representatives meet for collective bargaining on July 12, 2018. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published August 3

TEACHER PAY: Fresh off promises to look for money for raises, Pasco County School Board members begin seeking ideas to free up some cash. They're reviewing past conversations and recommendations for possibilities.

ONLINE RISKS: Experts find online trackers on the Pinellas County school district website, including some from companies that sell visitor data, the NY Times reports.

TMI: A Palm Beach County fifth grade teacher loses his certification after telling students details of his sex life during a sex education lesson, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

UNDER INVESTIGATION: Officials are reviewing complaints that a Brevard County School Board member retaliated against a district employee who accused him of sexual harassment, Florida Today reports.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Flagler County school district leaders explain why students will resume classes on a Friday rather than a Monday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SECURITY: Bay County School Board members review the district's new safety measures and plans, including preparations to install secure entrances to every campus, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Escambia County school district will equip classrooms with first aid kits that hold materials specifically for responding to shootings, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

GIFTED EDUCATION: The Palm Beach County school district takes steps to diversify its gifted programs, to better reflect its student population, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PUBLIC RECORDS: A Sarasota County advocacy group says it was coerced into filing a lawsuit accusing the school district of not complying with state public records laws, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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