Florida education news: Commissioner Stewart resigns, schools get new principals, families fight for schools, and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart chats with State Board of Education member Gary Chartrand before a board meeting in Largo. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart chats with State Board of Education member Gary Chartrand before a board meeting in Largo. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published December 5

TIME TO GO: With Tallahassee abuzz over who might replace her, Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart submits her resignation, effective Jan. 8. That had been her planned retirement date until the State Board of Education asked her to remain another year. The expectation is that former House Speaker Richard Corcoran will get the nod for the post.

PRINCIPAL MOVES: Pinellas County's John Hopkins Middle gets a new principal in a rare mid-year transfer. Its performance had been tanking under the replaced leader. • The Hillsborough County School Board approves several principal moves.

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: Several teachers, staff members and families from two Pasco County schools proposed to be closed implore the School Board to leave their schools open.

LIVE STREAMING: Pasco County's newest School Board member calls for all board meetings to be streamed online or otherwise made available on video for the public to gain easier access.

CHARTER SCHOOL BATTLE: The former treasurer of a Collier County charter school continues to make allegations of wrongdoing against the school's leadership, the Naples Daily News reports. The school is looking into legal action, claiming defamation.

TEACHER PAY: Miami-Dade County charter schools angle for a per-student share of the school district's newly won property tax increase, to help them improve their teacher salaries, the Miami Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Manatee County School Board considers removing the "interim" from superintendent Cynthia Saunders' title, the Bradenton Herald reports.

HIRING CONFLICT: The Duval County school district hires two former School Board members who recently left their posts, raising some concerns about the political ramifications, the Florida Times-Union reports.

DIVERSITY: Alachua County School Board members raise concerns that a planned new school not be all white students as they review potential sites, the Gainesville Sun reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Some Duval County students seek community support to stem campus violence, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PR WOES: A public relations consultant hired to help the Broward County school district after the Parkland shooting creates a PR mess for the district with name calling and criticism of district critics and a local newspaper reporter, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

TODAY: The Florida Association of District School Superintendents begins a three-day session on mental health services, in Orlando.

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