Friday, November 16, 2018

Florida education news: Accountability concerns, FEMA reimbursements, technical classes and more

ON ESSA: Florida's latest plan to meet federal education accountability standards answers several concerns but raises new ones for U.S. Education officials. The state has until Oct. 4 to file its response.

AFTER IRMA: FEMA sends Pinellas County schools $2.6 million to reimburse the costs of sheltering Hurricane Irma refugees a year ago.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION: The Pinellas County school district debuts its first technical high school.

COMPUTERS DOWN: The Monroe County school district's computer systems remained partially down a fifth day after being attacked by malware, the Miami Herald reports.

NOT AGAIN: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students relive the fear of a February campus shooting incident as the school's fire alarm repeatedly goes off during classes, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Only three of the nine alarms were scheduled drills. More from the Miami Herald.

DRESS CODE: The Palm Beach County mayor criticizes a local high school's dress code rules after her daughter is disciplined for wearing torn jeans and told to consider the effect on the boys, the Palm Beach Post reports.

START TIMES: The Orange County School Board chairman says the district's high schools start too early, and calls for a later schedule, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CHARTER SCHOOL FINANCES: A state audit reports that 14 percent of Florida charter schools had some financial reporting problems, the Herald-Tribune reports.

GAME SECURITY: St. Johns County high schools increase law enforcement presence and ban book bags at football games, the St. Augustine Record reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Walton County teacher is barred from teaching primary grades after leaving a sleeping kindergartner alone in a classroom, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

DISCRIMINATION? The Florida Commission on Human Relations finds the Leon County school district used age discrimination against its former maintenance director, a charge the district rejects, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SCHOOL'S OUT: A Sarasota County elementary school cancels classes because of a campus-wide power outage, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY: Florida Board of Education, 8:30 a.m., Naples (Collier County School Board office) — On the agenda, the board will discuss its 2019-20 legislative budget request.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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