Florida education news: Textbooks, Pledge of Allegiance, graduation requirements and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Florida educators are having to think harder about ordering new textbooks after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he wanted to change state education standards. School districts don't want to order books only to have them rendered useless when the standards change in a couple of years. [Times (2014)]
Florida educators are having to think harder about ordering new textbooks after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he wanted to change state education standards. School districts don't want to order books only to have them rendered useless when the standards change in a couple of years. [Times (2014)]
Published February 18

TEXTBOOKS: Florida school districts discuss whether it’s better to adopt new math textbooks or wait until after a proposed review of state standards is complete.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: A Polk County middle school student is arrested on a misdemeanor charge amid allegations he disrupted his classroom while refusing to to stand for the pledge, Bay News 9 reports.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: A state senator proposes allowing high school students to replace advanced math and science requirements with career training courses, the St. Augustine Record reports. It’s one of several bills aimed at providing “alternate pathways" to graduation.

HELP WANTED: The Polk County school district struggles to fill vacant mental health professional jobs, the Ledger reports.

DRESS CODE: The Indian River County School Board will reconsider a logo ban that parents have complained about, TC Palm reports.

EARLY EDUCATION: A privately funded preschool program in Sarasota County could become a district model for preparing children for kindergarten, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ARMED TEACHERS: The idea of allowing Florida teachers to carry weapons in classrooms as “guardians” remains unpopular, but lawmakers continue pursuing the idea, GateHouse reports.

SECURITY: All Orange County elementary schools will have armed officers, following criticism that the district had been sharing officers among campuses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

READING LESSONS: The Gadsden County school district launches a new program to help struggling readers, WTXL reports.

SCIENCE LESSONS: Some Duval County middle school students study aquaponics and other coastal sciences as part of their whole-school magnet program, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The timing of a proposal to extend Sarasota County’s superintendent’s contract and change its terms catches some School Board members off guard, the Herald-Tribune reports.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: A Palm Beach County family sues the school district for refusing to allow their child to use medical marijuana in school, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TIME TO GO: The entire board of a troubled St. Lucie County private school resigns amid continuing controversy, TC Palm reports.

UNSANITARY: Several Brevard County schools receive “unsatisfactory” ratings in their food health inspections, the Brevard Times reports.

EDUCATOR DISCIPLINE: A Miami-Dade County teacher is fined and placed on probation after making racist comments about students, the Miami New Times reports. • The Department of Education seeks to suspend the certification of a Manatee County principal accused of recommending for a job a teacher under investigation for sexual misconduct, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A former Hillsborough County teacher now faces 579 counts of video voyeurism against students.

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