Florida education news: State leadership, school safety, substitute pay and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O'Lakes
Former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O'Lakes
Published Dec. 4, 2018

TOP SPOT: Will former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran become the next state education commissioner? A key adviser to Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis says the likelihood is high. That news has cheered supporters of charter schools, vouchers and other aspects of the state's accountability efforts. But it's also spurred a #StopCorcoran movement. The DeSantis team has remained officially mum on the possibility.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A man walks onto the Hernando High School campus with a gun and waves it at students, who he said threatened him earlier in the day. He's not immediately arrested. Why not? • A Lake County woman is arrested for bringing a gun to a high school campus, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

PAY RATES: The Hillsborough County school district prepares to increase substitute teacher salaries.

LEGAL COUNSEL: The Pasco County School Board considers extending its longtime lawyer's contract, but with some adjustments to acknowledge its growing legal needs.

PRIORITIES: Hernando County School Board members say increased funding for student transportation is among their top goals for the 2019 legislative session.

GRADUATION DAY: Palm Beach County high schools consider adding security sweeps and metal detectors at graduation ceremonies, the Palm Beach Post reports.

REPRIMANDED: A Citrus County school administrator receives a five-day unpaid suspension for having a relationship with a subordinate employee, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

BAD ACTS: Three teens are arrested after being caught on video spray painting obscene and racist graffiti on Hillsborough County's Leto High.

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