LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP: Signaling amore friendly stance toward traditional public education, the Florida Senate places several supporters on key education committees for the 2019 session. Among them, Sen. Bill Montford, a Tallahassee Democrat who leads the state superintendents association, will serve as Education vice chairman.
ASSOCIATIONS: Despite losing many of its leaders, the conservative Florida Coalition School Board Members prepares for a new year.
AFTER IRMA: A Duval County elementary school principal is reassigned after being accused of insurance fraud in the wake of Hurricane Irma, WOKV reports.
AFTER MICHAEL: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tours schools in Bay County, among the hardest hit by Hurricane Michael, and says she will help with waivers and other assistance, WJHG reports. More from Panama City News Herald. • Bay County district leaders consider reorganizing school schedules and assignments for the remainder of the academic year to end late evening walks home for students, the Panama City News Herald reports.
PARKLAND FALLOUT: Three assistant principals and a security specialist are reassigned from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High amid questions surrounding their actions regarding the February mass shooting there, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LETTUCE PATROL: Alachua County school officials approve locally grown Romaine lettuce for use in cafeteria lunches, the Gainesville Sun reports.