Florida education news: Flexibility, school choice, leadership and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Former Florida Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan, now U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, speaks to the Florida School Boards Association at its 2018 fall session. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Former Florida Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan, now U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, speaks to the Florida School Boards Association at its 2018 fall session. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published November 29

FLEXIBILITY: Former Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan, now a top deputy in the U.S. education department, encourages Florida superintendents and school board members to take greater advantage of the flexibility within the Every Student Succeeds Act. His comments didn't go over well with many in the audience.

AWARD SEASON: Escambia County superintendent Malcolm Thomas is named Florida's 2019 Superintendent of the Year.

LEADERSHIP: University of South Florida students chime in on the school's presidential search.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Newly selected Senate Education chairman Manny Diaz sets expanded student choice as a priority for the coming legislative session, Florida Politics reports.

HB 7069: Filings continue to fly in the lawsuit challenging HB 7069, the Florida law creating a new category of charter schools, the News Service of Florida reports. A key question in the case is whether the Legislature overstepped the constitutional role set aside for school boards.

IN COURT: The former principal of an Orange County private school sues the school, claiming he was fired after trying to act against a teacher accused of child abuse, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • A Broward County private school settles a lawsuit with three former students who alleged a teacher sexually abused them, the Miami Herald reports.

CAMPAIGN FUNDS: The Florida ethics commission finds insufficient a complaint against a former Sarasota County School Board candidate, the Herald-Tribune reports.

LEGAL COUNSEL: The Clay County School Board debates rehiring its former attorney, who quit in 2013 as the then-superintendent threatened to fire him, Clay Today reports.

MUSIC LESSONS: Lake County music teachers attend their district's first-ever workshop specific to them, where they learn new ways to engage students with music, the Daily Commercial reports.

OVERSIGHT: Dozens of Lee County residents apply to serve on a committee that will monitor spending of the school district's new sales tax revenue, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SCHOOL SPIRIT: The Bay County school district plans a spirit day for all schools to boost morale as everyone works to get back to normal life after Hurricane Michael, the Panama City News Herald reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: A Citrus County ninth grader is removed from school but has not been charged after making a threat of violence to the campus, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

BAD ACTS: A former bookkeeper at a Manatee County high school is accused of stealing more than $27,000 from the school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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