Florida education news: School choice, campus security, safety zones 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 31 2018

SCHOOL CHOICE: Giving Florida parents more school options for their children tops the list of priorities for a panel advising Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, Florida Politics reports. More on the committee's final meeting from WLRN.

PARKLAND POST-MORTEM: The Sun-Sentinel offers a detailed review of what happened as Nikolas Cruz approached, shot up and left Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in February, concluding several failures left the school unsafe. Many of the shortcomings have yet to be resolved, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CAMPUS SECURITY: Some Miami-Dade County high-crime communities are left with a shrunken police presence as priorities shift to guarding schools, the Miami Herald reports.

SCHOOL ZONES: Florida remains one of the worst states in the nation for dangerous driving near schools, WBBH reports.

TEST SCORES: A Miami-Dade teen fights allegations that her SAT score rose too high too quickly to be legitimate, the Miami Times reports.

VACCINATIONS: Amid a measles outbreak, Sarasota County schools find they have the lowest percentage of vaccinated kindergartners in Florida, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS: Polk County school district leaders set improved security and scores as goals for 2019, the Ledger reports. • The Lee County school district prepares for a new sales tax, a revamped School Board and more, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

GRAD RATE DISPUTE: Manatee County's interim superintendent seeks a settlement with the state over allegations she allowed manipulation of graduation rate data, the Bradenton Herald reports.

JOB FILLED: The Nassau County School Board gets a replacement member, the Nassau County Record reports.

COUNSELING: A Charlotte County school counselor trains guide dogs while on the job, the Charlotte Sun reports.

SCHOOL CLOSING: An Osceola County private school abruptly closes over winter break, sending families scrambling, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CLASSROOM TECH: A dozen Sarasota County school classrooms begin experimenting with virtual reality in lessons, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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