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Florida education news: Accountability, taxing, dispute resolution and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Students across Florida routinely practice algebra problems to prepare for the state end-of-course exam or the alternative test that also can count toward their graduation requirement. [Times | 2014]
Students across Florida routinely practice algebra problems to prepare for the state end-of-course exam or the alternative test that also can count toward their graduation requirement. [Times | 2014]
Published Sep. 13, 2018

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's Education Department keeps trying to write an accountability plan that passes federal muster under the Every Child Succeeds Act. Since June, it's submitted two revisions — that's four total — and still faces questions and concerns. One key area: Testing of advanced math students. Florida is the only state that lacks federal approval for its plan.

TAXES: A coalition of teachers and parents creates a political action committee to campaign for a Hillsborough County schools sales tax referendum. District officials meanwhile plan informational town hall meetings to discuss schools' construction and maintenance needs.

BUDGETS: The Hernando County School Board approves a $291 million budget with fewer cuts and fund transfers than in past years. • The Bay County School Board approves a budget with several new security measures included, the Panama City News Herald reports.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Plans to establish a dispute resolution office for Pasco County parents who have school complaints is slow to take off.

BAD ACTS: An internal investigation reveals that a Pinellas County middle school principal resigned amid accusations he sexually harassed at least three female employees.  • A Hillsborough County high school teacher is arrested after deputies say he admitted video recording students in his fashion design class as they undressed.  • A Putnam County teacher and football coach loses his teaching certificate after accusations he head-butted one player and told another to commit suicide, First Coast News reports.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: After hearing from parents with ailing children, the Volusia County School Board agrees to consider setting a policy for student use of medical marijuana, the West Volusia Beacon reports.

SOFTWARE WOES: Two more Manatee County school district officials are placed on administrative leave over their roles in a major software installation project that has run over budget and beyond its scope, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

SUPERINTENDENT PAY: The Clay County School Board withdraws consideration of a pay supplement for superintendent Addison Davis, saying the timing is wrong, Clay Today reports.

CLASSROOM TECH: Volusia County teachers protest the school district's plans to remove aging classroom printers and not replace them in equal number, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Volusia County School Board denies a charter school applicant's request to reconsider its application early, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CROSSING THE STAGE: The University of Florida changes its graduation ceremony procedures, and thousands of students are upset, the Miami Herald reports.

CYBER ATTACK: The Monroe County school district shuts down its entire computer system after a weekend software attack, WLRN reports.

IN COURT: A former charter school management company owner accused of stealing from several Florida schools begins his fraud trial, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

GROWTH: Leon County school district officials consider redrawing school zones rather than building a new school to cope with crowding in northeast Tallahassee, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup