Florida education news: Career training, gender issues, top teachers and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Students work on auto body repair, one of 18 career and technical programs offered at Tampa Bay Technical High School. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Students work on auto body repair, one of 18 career and technical programs offered at Tampa Bay Technical High School. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published Nov. 28, 2018

CAREER TRAINING: In Florida's race for governor, the two major-party candidates agreed on just one education issue — the need to expand high school career and technical education programs. The Florida School Boards Association wants to ensure the winner, and the Legislature, move ahead on that goal.

GENDER ISSUES: A Pasco County school psychologist who serves as the district's LGBTQ liaison faces an onslaught of criticism over her role, as some groups attack the district's stance on transgender rights.

TOP TEACHERS: Ten Pinellas County teachers become finalists for the district teacher of the year award.

ARMED DISRUPTION: A neighbor disrupts Hernando High by showing up with a gun after arguing with students over speeding in the area.

PRIORITIES: Pasco County School Board chairwoman Alison Crumbley hopes to focus on expanding student academic choices and improving teacher recruitment and retention during her year with the gavel.

#MSDSTRONG: Students and teachers protest the removal of four Marjory Stoneman Douglas High administrators over their roles related to the February shooting massacre, the Miami Herald reports.

SECURITY: The Sarasota County school district's new police department confirms its first chief, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Only one Polk County school does not meet the state's requirement to have an armed guard or officer on campus, the Ledger reports.

FUNDING LAWSUIT: The Florida Supreme Court appoints circuit court judge to help consider the state's long-running Citizens for Strong Schools education funding equity lawsuit after Justice Ricky Polston recuses himself without explanation, the News Service of Florida reports.

ON BOARD: The Orange County School Board swears in its first all-woman panel, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

MORE FLEXIBILITY: Six Osceola County schools gain added flexibility in dealing with state rules after winning designation as Schools of Excellence, the Osceola News-Gazette reports.

STEM LESSONS: Clay County school principals learn how to incorporate robotics into their regular curriculum at all grade levels, the Florida Times-Union reports.

COLLEGE BOUND: Seventeen students who attended a Saras0ta County elementary school's summer program learn they could receive full college scholarships from a Community Foundation initiative, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

TODAY: It's Day 2 of the joint FSBA/FADSS annual fall meeting in Tampa. Former Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan, now a top official in the U.S. Department of Education, will be the guest speaker. And someone will be named Superintendent of the Year. Agenda here.