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Florida education news: School changes, commissioner choice, school choice and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Students arrive for classes at Hudson Elementary School on Nov. 12, 2018. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Students arrive for classes at Hudson Elementary School on Nov. 12, 2018. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published Dec. 6, 2018

BIG CHANGES: The Pasco County school district unveils a proposal to overhaul the educational offerings for children living in a high poverty, high crime region along the U.S. 19 corridor. The plan calls for closing two schools, which has some educators and parents up in arms.

COMMISSIONER CHOICE: The Florida Board of Education has the sole authority to select the state education commissioner. Questions emerge whether it will use that power to search for its next leader, or accept the new governor's recommendation. • FEA president Fedrick Ingram calls for a search, WFSU reports. • Commissioner Pam Stewart heads to Flagler County to visit schools, which she says is the favorite part of her job, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: The Pasco County school district opens its choice season with a revamped application process.

PRIORITIES: Charlotte County school district leaders ask lawmakers for added funding for campus security and workforce training programs, the Charlotte Sun reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: A Polk County teen is arrested on accusations he brought a loaded handgun to school, the Ledger reports.

TAX POST MORTEM: A review of results for the Palm Beach County school district's successful tax increase referendum shows Republicans less supportive of the measure than other voters, the Palm Beach Post reports.

RADIO NEWS: Miami-Dade County school district leaders revive conversations about what to do with public radio station WLRN, the Miami Herald reports.

AFTER PARKLAND: More educators could face consequences for their roles before, during and after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, WLRN reports.  • Families of the victims ask state lawmakers to establish a fund to compensate them for their losses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

AFTER MICHAEL: Gulf County school enrollment returns to 93 percent of projections six weeks after Hurricane Michael blew through, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

CROWDING: The Palm Beach County school district finds a temporary site for two elementary schools as they are razed and rebuilt that doesn't involve taking over a third school's playing fields, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

REINSTATEMENT: The Okaloosa County School Board will consider reinstating a fired custodian, whom a judge said  was wrongfully terminated, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

SCHOOL NAMES: The advisory committee at a Duval County middle school wants to change its name to reflect the magnet program it has offered the past seven years, WJXT reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup