Florida education news: Turnaround schools, teacher contracts, a/c repairs and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
An assembly at Dunbar Elementary, one of 50 Achievement Schools in Hillsborough County. [Twitter]
An assembly at Dunbar Elementary, one of 50 Achievement Schools in Hillsborough County. [Twitter]
Published December 3

TURNAROUND SCHOOLS: The Hillsborough County school district's efforts to hire teachers for its 50 most struggling schools so far is not working, with dozens of vacancies remaining. Better performing schools do not have as high turnover.

TEACHER TALKS: Pinellas County teachers hold out for improved working conditions in their contract negotiations.

A/C REPAIRS: Its sales tax referendum approved, the Hillsborough County school district prepares an aggressive plan to spend the revenue on air conditioning and other maintenance needs.

RELIGION IN SCHOOL: Florida is one of several states to adopt laws requiring or allowing schools to post "In God We Trust," as religion advocates press to expand mention of God in public places, the Washington Post reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Florida's director of safe schools discusses his plans and ideas to keep students and campuses secure, WKMG reports. • The debate about guns on school and college campuses heats up in advance of Florida's legislative session, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

EARLY LEARNING: Florida prekindergarten providers ask the state to change the way it assesses student readiness for kindergarten, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NEXT COMMISSIONER? Word spreads around Tallahassee that former House Speaker Richard Corcoran could become Florida's next education commissioner, Florida Politics reports.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: The Okaloosa County school district faces questions of its spending controls, including its awards of "Best and Brightest" bonuses, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

PARKLAND FALLOUT: Three administrators removed from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High sue the Broward County school district, saying they've been scapegoated for the school's troubles, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

AFTER THE STORM: School districts hit hard by Hurricane Michael do what they can to get back into a normal rhythm of activity, the Associated Press reports.

MIGRANT STUDENTS: The Manatee County school district makes a concerted effort to provide services to migrant children, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Lake County resident sues to prevent a new charter school near her home, the Daily Commercial reports.

TOP TEACHERS: A Nassau County teacher is Florida's only Milken Award recipient this year, the Florida Times-Union reports.

EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS: The Duval County education foundation gets new leadership, the Florida Times-Union reports.

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