Florida education news: Security, top teachers, certification and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Pasco County middle and high schools have resource officers assigned to them. The elementary schools  hired security guards. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Pasco County middle and high schools have resource officers assigned to them. The elementary schools hired security guards. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published Dec. 12, 2018|Updated Dec. 12, 2018

SECURITY: The Pasco County school district revises its security rules for attending athletic events, after some parents complain about some of the requirements. • The Citrus County School Board hires a part-time police chief as officials consider creating a district security force, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • School officers find building relationships helps them prevent crises, the Daily Commercial reports. • St. Johns County schools will get 16 new resource officers, WJXT reports.

TOP TEACHER: Pasco Middle School AVID teacher Holly Mickler is named Pasco County's 2018-19 Teacher of the Year. "I knew she was going to win," said Davonte Gray, who ran up to hug Mickler as she returned to the classroom. "She's one of those teachers."

CERTIFICATION: Florida sees its number of new National Board certified teachers dwindle to four.

LIES, LIES, LIES: Politifact announces its Lie of the Year — the smear campaign that tried take down the Parkland school shooting survivorsThe Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meets again today.

BRIGHT FUTURES: The number of Florida students qualifying for the state's Bright Futures scholarship is projected to grow nearly 6 percent, the News Service of Florida reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Florida Department of Education accuses Manatee County interim superintendent Cynthia Saunders of inflating graduation rates, the Bradenton Herald reports. The allegation emerged as the School Board prepared to extend Saunders' contract, the Herald-Tribune reports. The board delayed it decision on her tenure as a precaution, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEACHER PAY: Miami-Dade County teachers reach a pay raise agreement including an unexpected bonus, tied to voter approval of a property tax rate increase, the Miami Herald reports.

AFTER THE STORM: Panama City officials agree to close a portion of a street that runs between the Bay High School campus and the new portables being installed on the other side to replace damaged classrooms, the Panama City News-Herald reports.

BULLYING: A judge issues a restraining order against a Polk County sixth grader accused of beating and bullying a classmate, the Ledger reports.

ABUSE OF POWER? An investigation finds the former top lawyer for Florida Virtual School used school employees to work on his personal outside business, among other concerns, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: Broward County school officials might have used inaccurate roofing repair estimates to help convince voters to support a bond issuance four years ago, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NEW TAG: The state releases a newly designed "Support Education" specialty license plate, WLRN reports.

BUS CONCERNS: Some St. Johns County parents raise safety concerns as the school district eliminates and changes bus routes, WJAX reports.

ORIENTATION: Newly elected Florida House members learn about the state's controversial A-F school grading system, the Florida Phoenix reports.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION: Plans for a new vocational-technical charter high school advance in St. Lucie County, TC Palm reports.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Escambia County school district prepares a policy to allow student use of prescribed medical marijuana, WEAR reports.

SCHOOL NAMES: The Lake County School Board considers renaming a middle school after a beloved veteran educator who died in the summer, the Daily Commercial reports.

LOST ARTS: A Flagler County elementary school teaches children fading skills such as sewing and woodwork, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup