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Florida education news: School board races, teacher pay, security and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
A roll of "I Voted" stickers sit on a table inside a polling station. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A roll of "I Voted" stickers sit on a table inside a polling station. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Published Aug. 29, 2018

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: The votes are counted, the winners named, the runoffs set. Here are some highlights of Tuesday's Florida school board election results. • Hillsborough County chairwoman Sally Harris loses to challenger Stacy Hahn, as fellow incumbent Melissa Snively easily wins another term. • Pinellas County incumbent Terry Krassner falls as two opponents head to a runoff, while chairwoman Rene Flowers dispatches three challengers. • Hernando County board chairman Mark Johnson is ousted by challenger Kay Hatch, while incumbent Susan Duval cruises to victory. • Pasco County incumbents Cynthia Armstrong and Allen Altman fend off their first challenges since being elected.  For more Tampa Bay area results, see additional Gradebook postings.

MORE RESULTS: The mother of a student killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting wins in a landslide to join the Broward County School Board, the Miami Herald reports. • All Duval County board races head to runoffs, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Manatee School Board member John Colon, a Rick Scott appointee, loses election to challenger James Golden, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Veteran educators win three seats on the Indian River County School Board, TC Palm reports. • Martin County incumbent Rebecca Negron is ousted by challenger Victoria Defenthaler, TC Palm reports. • Moderate forces expand their control of the Collier County School Board, the Naples Daily News reports. • Palm Beach board member Debra Robinson wins her sixth term, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Incumbents sweep three Sarasota board seats, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TAX REFERENDA: Lake County voters approve a property tax increase to support school security, the Daily Commercial reports. • Clay County voters approve a similar tax hike, WJXT reports. • Broward County voters back a tax increase to give teachers raises, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Monroe County voters approve a tax to pay for security measures, WLRN reports. • Bay County voters extend a local sales tax for security and construction projects, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Orange County schools easily pass a local property tax to help pay for raises and arts programs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County teachers have mixed reactions to a proposal that would extend their work days in exchange for higher salaries.

SECURITY: Floridians say more must be done to secure schools, according to a new poll. • Citrus County School Board members sound ready to support the armed school guardian program, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. The Citrus board meanwhile approves a new resource officer contract with the Sheriff's Office, the Chronicle reports.

AMENDMENT CHALLENGES: The Florida Supreme Court sends a challenge of six proposed constitutional amendments to the Leon County Circuit for arguments.

ETHICS: A Jefferson County resident accuses School Board members of acting unethically, ECB Publishing reports.

SANCTIONS: A Manatee County charter school principal faces state disciplinary action for his recommendation of a teacher who had been under investigation, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A Walton County teacher is placed on leave after a video surfaces of him cursing at students, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

CAREER TRAINING: The City of Port St. Lucie will seek proposals to develop a vocational charter high school, TC Palm reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup