Florida education news: Funding lawsuit, school names, missing money and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Lawyer Jodi Siegel argues before the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of parents who say the state isn't meeting its constitutional mandate to adequately fund schools. [WFSU/Florida Supreme Court]
Lawyer Jodi Siegel argues before the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of parents who say the state isn't meeting its constitutional mandate to adequately fund schools. [WFSU/Florida Supreme Court]
Published November 9 2018

FUNDING LAWSUIT: Florida Supreme Court justices gave few hints on their disposition as they pepper lawyers with questions in the state's long-running education funding adequacy lawsuit. The court must decide whether the constitutional mandate for "high quality" schools is clear enough to be judged.

SCHOOL NAMES: The Hillsborough County School Board will consider renaming a school that has been named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The mostly black community the school serves has asked for a change.

MISSING MONEY: A Pasco County elementary school principal is arrested on allegations he stole $900 from a student with a mental disability.

TEACHER PAY: St. Lucie County teachers negotiate one-time $850 bonuses, TC Palm reports.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Volusia County School Board unanimously approves allowing students to use prescribed medical marijuana in school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BE NICE: Outgoing Volusia School Board member Melody Johnson, who lost her reelection bid, urges those who remain to cut back on the negativity that has taken hold in recent months, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A struggling Marion County elementary school gets a new principal after the Florida Board of Education calls for the previous leader's removal, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

HANDS OFF: A Palm Beach County middle school teacher is removed from class amid allegations the teacher physically attacked a student, the Palm Beach Post reports.

MENTAL HEALTH: Sarasota County school district officials discuss the district's new mental health services and initiatives during a digital town hall meeting, the Herald-Tribune reports.

THREATS: A Leon County middle school student is detained amid rumors the student brought a steak knife to campus, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

REVENUE SHARING: Charter school operators seek a share of the anticipated funds that will flow into school districts after winning local tax increases, Redefined reports.

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