Saturday, August 18, 2018

Florida education news: Counseling, teachers, security and more

COUNSELING: A student's suicide leads Florida Polytechnic University to debate whether it provides adequate counseling services for its student body. The school is already plagued by layoffs, depleted finances and sinking morale.

TEACHERS: The Escambia and Santa Rosa county school districts fire teachers over the summer for failing the state's certification exam, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • The Marion County school district has dozens of teacher vacancies as the new academic year begins, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

AMENDMENT 8: The Duval County School Board prepares to take a formal stand on the constitutional amendment, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SECURITY: Sumter County officials collaborate to ensure at least one resource officer in every public school, the Villages Daily Sun reports. • Lake County resource officers prepare to patrol elementary schools, the Daily Commercial reports. • The Broward County school district backtracks on plans to have all Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students go through metal detectors, the Miami Herald reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.

BRIGHT FUTURES: Students receiving Florida's Bright Futures Medallion scholarship will see their financial support rise, the News Service of Florida reports.

WATER TESTS: Drinking water at 13 Brevard County schools is deemed clear of chemicals and safe for students and staff, Space Coast Daily News reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: Clay County debuts its first new school in eight years, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Lake Wales charter school system and Polk County school district seek a solution that would allow more Lake Wales residents to attend the charters, the Ledger reports.

ONLINE TRACKING: The Palm Beach County school district introduces a new online system for parents to track their children's performance, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The St. Johns County school district devises improvement plans for its lowest performing schools, while officials note the schools' scores are only part of a larger picture, the St. Augustine Record reports.

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Aug. 12, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Aug. 12, 2018

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Gradebook podcast: Should Amendment 8 remain on Florida’s November ballot?

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Florida education news: Teacher shortage, school board campaigns, campus security and more

Florida education news: Teacher shortage, school board campaigns, campus security and more

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Dems vow to raise teacher pay

Dems vow to raise teacher pay

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Teachers complain about campaign material in their email

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Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

BUDGETS: Florida Board of Education members say local school districts should have more flexibility in how they spend their resources, while kicking off planning for their next legislative budget request. Teacher salaries and school security top...
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