Florida education news: DeSantis transition, teacher pay, discrimination complaint and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Marva Johnson and Mori Hosseini lead a conversation of Gov. -elect Ron DeSantis' education advisory transition team on Dec. 13, 2018. [The Florida Channel]
Marva Johnson and Mori Hosseini lead a conversation of Gov. -elect Ron DeSantis' education advisory transition team on Dec. 13, 2018. [The Florida Channel]
Published December 14 2018

TRANSITION TEAM: A 40-member panel that's advising Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis discusses amping up Florida's efforts to expand school choice, increase accountability and and personalize education for every child. The group plans to meet twice more before DeSantis takes the oath of office.  • Committee co-chair Marva Johnson, also chairwoman of the State Board of Education, indicates willingness to back DeSantis' choice for education commissioner, Richard Corcoran, when the recommendation comes to the board Monday, Florida Politics reports.

AFTER PARKLAND: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission concludes work on its recommendations. More from Florida Phoenix, News Service of Florida

TEACHER PAY: Republican Rep. Rene Plasencia, who's also a teacher, files legislation to end the state requirement that school districts have performance pay schedules. He says the model doesn't work.

CONTRACT TALKS: Despite expectations, Pasco school employee contract negotiations yield no results except for a plan to meet again. One of the many stumbling blocks: The distribution of funds in the teacher performance pay schedule that Plasencia is looking to dump.

DISCRIMINATION? A Broward County high school student claims his school discriminated against him when it expelled him, and some prominent stars are rising to support him, ESPN reports. More from WLRN.

CODE OF CONDUCT: The Charlotte County School Board considers making verbal threats the same level of offense as bringing a weapon to campus, the Charlotte Sun reports.

ETHICS: The Florida Commission on Ethics dismisses a complaint against Polk County School Board member Billy Townsend, citing a lack of evidence that he misused his position, the Ledger reports.

SHOOTER DRILLS: The Volusia County school district prepares to hold a district-wide active shooter practice drill, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BUS SERVICE: The Polk County school district proposes eliminating bus rides for charter schools and many students who live closer than 2 miles from school, the Ledger reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Access to Palm Beach County's most popular choice programs relies on lottery luck, with slim odds, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL REPAIRS: The Bay County school district receives a $35 million estimate to repair three schools damaged by Hurricane Michael, the Panama City News Herald reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup