Florida education news: Teacher pay, school security, storm damage and more

Pasco teachers including Jeannette Mandell protest for better wages before a November 2016 school board meeting. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Pasco teachers including Jeannette Mandell protest for better wages before a November 2016 school board meeting. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published October 12 2018

TEACHER PAY: State Sen. Kevin Rader says he will refile his bill to set Florida minimum teacher pay at $50,000. It's a key piece of Democrat Andrew Gillum's education platform in his campaign for governor. Rader predicts if Gillum wins, the measure — which never has received a hearing — would pass through a Legislature more willing to compromise.

LAND SALE: The Hillsborough County school district expects to net $3 million by selling off surplus property.

RESIGNED OFFICER: A Pinellas County school resource officer who resigned over accusations of sexual harassment against a teacher had a clean record to that point.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Palm Beach County school district leaders review their efforts to add armed guards and make campuses harder to breach during a meeting with community groups, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

AFTER THE STORM: A Bay County middle school is devastated by Hurricane Michael, WTSP reports. More from Education Week.

CONTRACT TALKS: The Volusia County school district declares its teacher contract negotiations at an impasse, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

RETENTION: A new report that includes Florida indicates holding back students in middle school increases the likelihood they will drop out before finishing high school, Chalkbeat reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: Parents at a Duval County high school complain their children were left in the outdoor heat too long as law enforcement responded to a social media threat against the school, WJXT reports.

BAD ACTS: A Volusia County substitute teacher is arrested on allegations he molested a teen boy, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

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