Florida education news: School choice, student discipline, recognition funds and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Students practice making online music at Sanders Elementary School in Lando O'Lakes. The school's magnet, which combines the arts and STEM subjects, is one of many choice programs throughout the Tampa Bay area. [Michele Miller | Times]
Students practice making online music at Sanders Elementary School in Lando O'Lakes. The school's magnet, which combines the arts and STEM subjects, is one of many choice programs throughout the Tampa Bay area. [Michele Miller | Times]
Published November 2 2018

SCHOOL CHOICE: Families across the Tampa Bay area are approaching the school choice application season, where they can apply to the growing number of options available to them for 2019-20. The Times School Search guide provides information about the selections. For a conversation about the state's tax credit scholarship program, check out our latest podcast.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Hernando County school officials find black students are disproportionately disciplined, and seek to make the system more fair.

RECOGNITION FUNDS: What happens when a school that earned Florida school recognition funds doesn't exist any more? Staff from Pasco County's Ridgewood High School will soon find out.

IN COURT: Forty-three school districts are dismissed from the Florida Education Association's legal challenge of the "Best and Brightest" teacher bonus program.

BRANDING: University of South Florida officials respond with humor to the negative response to the school's new logo.

AFTER MICHAEL: The Bay County school district helps homeless employees find places to live as it prepares to resume classes, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Bay teachers get training in how to deal with trauma, for when students return and share their hurricane experiences, the News Herald reports.

CROWDING: The Palm Beach County school district plans to erect a portable city in the middle of a middle school's track and fields to house students as it adds classrooms to nearby elementary schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TEACHER PAY: Many Miami-Dade County teachers struggle to make ends meet on salaries that barely afford the cost of living in the expensive county, the Miami Herald reports.

CONSTRUCTION NEEDS: The Lee County school district plans to tear down and rebuild two schools if voters approve a sales tax referendum, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LABOR RELATIONS: Volusia County school district and employee union leaders seek to repair their frayed relationship after having completed tense contract negotiations, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Leon County teachers say they want more than the district has offered in collective bargaining, WFSU reports.

READING LESSONS: The Indian River County school district provides several after-school programs to help struggling readers get up to grade level, TC Palm reports.

BACK ONLINE: More than 300 Miami-Dade County schools have their internet access restored after two days without, the Miami Herald reports.

SECURITY SHIFT: Sarasota County School Board members say they didn't know of pending changes to the district's security office until they happened, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Marion County substitute teacher is removed amid allegations of physically abusing students, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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