Florida education news: Lunch lines, shooter drills, shots fired and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Wiregrass Ranch High School lunch room [Times | 2014]
Wiregrass Ranch High School lunch room [Times | 2014]
Published Aug. 20, 2018

LUNCH LINES: Students and parents at some Pasco County high schools complain that schedule changes have created lunchtime woes, with too long lines and not enough time to eat.

SHOOTER DRILLS: The Pinellas County school district releases videos that show students how to respond to shooters in schools. Running is the first option.

SHOTS FIRED: Two people are injured in a shooting at a high school football game in Palm Beach County, CBS reports. This occurred despite the school district's spending millions to upgrade campus security, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham spends her weekend stumping with the Florida Education Association, Florida Politics reports. • Five Democratic candidates for governor share their thoughts on education with the Florida Phoenix.

TURNAROUNDS: A new principal sees signs of progress at Lake County's Leesburg High, the Daily Commercial reports. • The Florida Board of Education approves a turnaround plan for a Marion County elementary school, even without changing the principal, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

LEADERSHIP: A retired high school principal returns take over another Flagler County school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

IN COURT: A family sues the Broward County school district, claiming it ignored a substitute teacher's sexual harassment of students, the Miami Herald reports.

ARMED EMPLOYEES: The results of the Brevard County School Board election could alter the district's stance on arming some school employees, Florida Today reports.

TAXES: Voters in Orange and Lake counties will decide whether to increase local taxes to supplement their school districts, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Clay County voters will decide whether to increase property taxes to help pay for school security, WJXT reports.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: Advocates want to know how Leon County schools plan to implement new state law requiring schools to ask students if they had any previous mental health treatment, saying they have privacy concerns, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

GETTING TO SCHOOL: Manatee County schools work to improve student attendance, and often find factors in the home at play, the Herald-Tribune reports.

OVERPAYMENTS: The Duval County school district overpaid several employees over two years, and it wants the money back, WJAX reports.