Florida education news: School shelters, security measures, testing and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Aerial view of Mexico Beach, Florida, one week after Hurricane Michael devastated the area leaving tens of thousands without shelter, power and food. MATIAS J. OCNER mocner@miamiherald.com
Aerial view of Mexico Beach, Florida, one week after Hurricane Michael devastated the area leaving tens of thousands without shelter, power and food. MATIAS J. OCNER [email protected]
Published November 5

HURRICANE HARDENING: Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in a hard fought battle for a U.S. Senate seat, announces plans to release added funding to secure school buildings against future hurricanes. A new Liberty County high school is the first target. Many schools in the Panhandle were devastated by Hurricane Michael. • The Bay County school district sets its post-hurricane student calendar for the remainder of the academic year, the Panama City News Herald reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: With Election Day one day away, the Tampa Bay Times offers overviews of eight local school board races. • Palm Beach County school officials and employees imagine the worst if the district's property tax referendum fails, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The two candidates for Florida governor agree on the need to grow the state's vocational and technical education offerings, Florida Phoenix reports.

SECURITY: Florida's new school threat reporting application is already generating leads in northeast Florida, WJXT reports. • Twenty-eight Lee County schools are scheduled to receive security upgrades such as new door locks and video monitors, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Manatee County school district officials are mum on thoughts for two schools on the brink of state-mandated improvement plans if they don't get better student test results, the Bradenton Herald reports.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT: The Orange County school district's full-court press to get students into AP courses works well for some students, but others say they struggle after being forced into the classes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GO TO SCHOOL: Children living in Sarasota County public housing improve their school attendance, as a result of a four-year-old program that makes it a lease violation if the parents don't have their kids attend regularly, the Herald-Tribune reports.

EDUCATION MATTERS: Florida "influencers" place education at the top of the state's most important policy issues for the coming year, the Miami Herald reports.

CLASSROOM TECH: The Lake County school district expands its efforts to have one-to-one devices for students with Chromebooks for all at Mount Dora High, the Daily Commercial reports.

LAND FOR SALE: The Volusia County School Board is set to sell two surplus properties to generate $8 million for capital projects, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

AFTER SCHOOL: Jacksonville's Communities in Schools program has spent 20 years helping low-income children succeed in school, the Florida Times-Union reports.

HELPING HAND: Tallahassee Community College sends extra equipment to a Leon County middle school that had more students show up than expected, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

THREATS: An Okaloosa County middle school student faces felony charges for allegedly threatening to shoot up a school bus, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • School threats continue to come to Manatee County schools, despite the warnings that arrest follows, the Bradenton Herald reports.

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