Florida education news: Alternative education, school closures, armed teachers and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Hernando County School District
Hernando County School District
Published Dec. 13, 2018

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION: The Hernando County school district will take over education of boys at a residential treatment facility that had been run by Eckerd Connects, as a new operator takes control.

SCHOOL CLOSURES: Pasco County School Board members have reservations about a proposal to shut down Lacoochee Elementary School, which serves some of the district's poorest students.

MOVING ON UP: Former Hernando County superintendent Lori Romano wins a promotion in her new district, Pasco County.

ARMED TEACHERS: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission issues its draft report recommendations, including a proposal to allow teachers to carry weapons in classrooms, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from WLRN. • The commission also calls on the Broward County school district to look into whether the Stoneman Douglas principal violated district policy by not being aware of potential threats to the school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

PARKLAND PARENTS: Families of victims in the Stoneman Douglas shooting lose faith in the Broward County school district, which struggles to win it back, Education Week reports.

TEXTBOOKS: Marion County School Board members reconsider their local textbook adoption process, with an eye to returning to the state-run system, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

TEACHER TESTS: A Polk County teacher urges her School Board to fight to change the state's teacher certification exams, WFTS reports.

SUPERINTENDENT PAY: Clay County superintendent Addison Davis wins a salary supplement aimed at boosting his total pay rate to $159,000 a year, Clay Today reports.

GROWTH: One of Lee County's largest high schools is about to get bigger, with plans to build a 721-student classroom addition, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

EARLY EDUCATION: Software woes leave Florida's preschool providers unclear whether they are receiving proper state payment for the Voluntary Prekindergarten or other programs, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY: Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis' transition education and workforce development advisory committee meets at 1 p.m. in Tallahassee. Listen in via conference call —  Dial: (888) 585-9008, Conference Code: 380994128#

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup