Florida education news: Commissioner pick, transition team, school choice and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published Dec. 7, 2018

NEXT COMMISSIONER? As anticipated, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announces he wants former House Speaker Richard Corcoran to serve as Florida's next education commissioner. Now it's up to the State Board of Education to decide whether to grant the request.

TRANSITION TEAM: DeSantis also names a 41-person education advisory team that includes representatives from school districts, charter schools, advocacy groups, colleges, universities and businesses.

LIFE SENTENCE: A former Pasco County school district transportation official is sentenced to life in federal prison for engaging in sex acts with children and collecting child pornography.

SCHOOL CHOICE: The Alachua County school district modifies its choice application system in an effort to diversify the student body gaining access to magnets, the Gainesville Sun reports.

SECURITY: The Marion County School Board discusses establishing its own security force for elementary schools rather than continue paying law enforcement for resource officers, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

FACEBOOK COMMENTS: The Sarasota County school district considers changing its social media policy to allow for more two-way communication between the district and parents, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HOMELESSNESS: Thousands of Bay County students are listed as homeless after Hurricane Michael, the Panama City News Herald reports.

THREAT RESPONSE: Polk County schools more frequently send parents messages telling them all is well after receiving threats — even false ones — to avoid mass panic as the information spreads on social media, the Ledger reports.

MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE: Some southwest Florida teachers dump traditional classroom furniture for more comfortable choices, the Naples Daily News reports.

CHARTER CLOSING? Lee County parents worry their charter school is closing as its buildings go on sale in foreclosure, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

BOARD RELATIONS: New Volusia County School Board members pledge to improve the district, Home Town News reports.

TOP HONORS: The Manatee County school district is one of two in Florida to be named to the Advanced Placement District Honor Roll, the Bradenton Herald reports.

GIRLS AND STEM: A Sarasota County teacher uses her school's participation in the annual Hour of Code activities to get more girls interested in the computer skills, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup