Florida education news: Employee pay, charter schools, safety checks and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published November 19

RAISES: Pinellas County school administrators and support employees win pay raises that will kick in for the holiday season. District teachers remain in contract talks that aren't expected to conclude this calendar year.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING: Makers of iReady software, used in many Florida schools as part of a personalized learning movement, push back against mounting criticism of the system, Florida Politics reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Some Okaloosa County residents make progress in effort to create a charter high school, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

SAFETY CHECKS: Eight Florida school districts have not submitted safety assessments to the Department of Education as required in new state law, the Associated Press reports.

RACISM? The leader of the Suwannee County NAACP calls the school district's recent active shooter drill racist because the two "shooters" were black men, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

TAXES: The Just for Girls alternative school in Manatee County seeks a share of the district's local option property tax revenue to help keep its salaries competitive, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SCHOOL LEADERS: Four Manatee County schools get new principals, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A Citrus County middle school principal is moved to a teaching position amid an investigation, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

SCHOOL BOARDS: Two veteran Marion County School Board members offer thoughts as they end their terms, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: The staff at a Bay County alternative school provide a Thanksgiving meal to students, many of whom still face housing woes after Hurricane Michael, the Panama City News Herald reports.

LABOR NEWS: A rift between Sarasota County's superintendent and teacher union grows as district administrators circulate a thank you note to the superintendent that the union leaders see as coercive, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FARM TO TABLE: Culinary students at St. Johns County's First Coast Technical College learn the agriculture end of the business along with the food preparation lessons, the St. Augustine Record reports.

SCHOOL REUSE: The Polk County school district considers renovating and reopening a school closed a decade ago, the Ledger reports.

BAD ACTS: A Pasco County high school teacher is arrested after a student says she caught him trying to videotape her as she changed clothing in a closet. • A Lake County high school student is arrested with weapons on campus, the Daily Commercial reports.

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