Florida education news: Charter schools, credentials, constitutional amendments and more

Windsor Preparatory Academy in St. Petersburg was one of several Tampa Bay area schools operated by Newpoint Education Partners, which was founded by Marcus May, inset. May was found guilty Oct. 4, 2018, of defrauding many of those schools, most of which have closed. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Windsor Preparatory Academy in St. Petersburg was one of several Tampa Bay area schools operated by Newpoint Education Partners, which was founded by Marcus May, inset. May was found guilty Oct. 4, 2018, of defrauding many of those schools, most of which have closed. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published October 5

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Marcus May, the founder of charter schools in several Florida counties including Hillsborough and Pinellas, is found guilty of using school billing and kickback arrangements to steal millions of dollars. • The Hillsborough County school district will offer a seminar on how to apply to open a charter school.

CREDENTIALS: Mel Jurado, former director of the Florida Office of Early Learning, has misrepresented her academic degrees.

AMENDMENT 8: The Florida Supreme Court has yet to release its opinion revealing why it removed Amendment 8 from the November ballot.

THREATS: Another Broward County teen faces felony charges after others heard him threatening to shoot up their school, WPLG reports. Law enforcement and school officials are asking parents to talk to their children about the consequences of making such statements, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Miami Herald.

TEXTBOOKS: A Miami-Dade County high school English teacher accuses her principal of violating her academic freedom by removing from her classroom the teacher's favorite textbook, which the state had taken off its approved list, the Miami Herald reports.

BULLYING: A Collier County mom wants the school district to take action after receiving a video that shows her daughter being beaten in a middle school restroom, Fox 4 reports.

LAND FOR SALE? The Flagler County School Board considers selling some oceanfront property to a home builder, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

OVERSIGHT: The Marion County School Board agrees to let a former sheriff, who was indicted but not convicted of official misconduct, to sit on its tax oversight committee, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

BANNED: The Bay County school district bars Department of Health officials from all its schools, amid a dispute over missing records, the Panama City News Herald reports.

AUDIT REPORT: Leon County schools must return thousands of dollars to the state after an audit reveals that high school seniors did not attend as many days of classes as the district received funding for, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

GROWTH: St. Johns County school district officials anticipate enrollment to continue booming over the next five years, and plan to build three new schools, the St. Augustine Record reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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