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Florida education news: Security, Amendment 8, administrator pay and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Pasco County middle and high schools have resource officers assigned to them. The elementary schools  hired security guards. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Pasco County middle and high schools have resource officers assigned to them. The elementary schools hired security guards. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published Aug. 23, 2018

SECURITY: Gov. Rick Scott requests release of unused school "guardian" funds for districts to use in hiring more resource officers. Districts that wanted to already had created guard programs, and others — along with local sheriffs — had said they needed more money to help staff campuses. Legislative leaders have other ideas, though, and say they will resist Scott's proposal, the Associated Press reports. • Duval County school district officials are caught off guard by a request for overtime pay to place police officers in schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AMENDMENT 8: The Florida Supreme Court accepts jurisdiction of the state's appeal to keep Amendment 8 on the November ballot. A Leon County judge removed the measure earlier in the week. • The Polk County School Board adopts a resolution opposing the amendment, the Ledger reports.

ADMINISTRATOR PAY: The Hernando County school district will study its administrative pay structure, after finding it discourages school leaders from moving to district-level posts.

15 CENTS: Rapper T.I. and a civil rights organization step in to help a Volusia County student who was denied school lunch because she didn't have enough money, The Grio reports.

'IN GOD WE TRUST': Central Florida schools display the state seal to meet a new requirement that they post the state motto in a prominent location, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

COLLABORATION: School board members from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties gather to discuss ways to pursue increased state funding, the Herald-Tribune reports.

LEADERSHIP: The Manatee County school district gets a new deputy superintendent to replace one under investigation for his role in a project that far exceeded its budget, the Bradenton Herald reports.

HANDLING COMPLAINTS: A retiring Marion County School Board member wants to establish an independent panel to hear employee grievances, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: Broward County School Board members demand more regular updates on bond-funded projects, which have been delayed, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A Sarasota County School Board candidate faces an investigation over a resident's complaint regarding campaign contributions, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CLEARED: A Miami-Dade County teacher is cleared of charges that he had an inappropriate relationship with a teen students, amid questions of whether he knew the girl was still a student at his school, the Miami Herald reports.

BAD ACTS: A former Palm Beach County charter school teacher is arrested on allegations he kicked a seat out from under a student, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A Leon County high school teacher is placed on leave over accusations of inappropriate communications with a student, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup