Florida education news: Term limits, medical marijuana, college credits and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, a marijuana plant is shown in Oregon.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File) PDX103
FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, a marijuana plant is shown in Oregon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File) PDX103
Published February 21

TERM LIMITS: Arguing “eight is enough,” the Florida House continues to push for a voter referendum that would impose term limits on school board members. The initial unanimity in support started to crack, though, amid concerns that the will of large districts would override the local control desires of smaller ones.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Hernando County school district faces criticism that its strict medical marijuana use policies don’t meet student needs. Among the hurdles, school employees can’t administer the medicine, and it can’t be kept on campus.

SCHOOL THREATS: A Pinellas County high school senior is arrested on accusations he threatened to shoot up the school if he didn’t win an award.

FUTURE PLANS: Pasco County’s superintendent says he’d like to find a way to ensure all district high school students complete at least one college credit-bearing course or one industry certification before graduation.

SCHOOL RULES: Florida Virtual School will rewrite its policies and procedures to be more clear to staff, in the wake of an investigation that detailed several problems, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: An 11-year-old Polk County student who was arrested after a dispute stemming from his refusal to stand for the Pledge will face no charges, the Ledger reports. “There was no case referred to the state attorney to prosecute or not prosecute,” said Jake Orr, a spokesman for the state attorney’s office.

SECURITY: The Broward County School Board adopts new rules to govern responses to emergencies, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from WLRN.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: A new report indicates the Volusia County School Board could justify a doubling of its impact fees, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BUDGET PROPOSALS: A House committee gets an overview of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ education budget requests, Florida Politics reports.

EXPANSION PLANS: A Manatee County private school seeks neighbors’ input as it prepares to add new facilities, the Herald-Tribune reports.

LABOR NEWS: United Teachers of Dade incumbent leaders win reelection, the Miami Herald reports. • Palm Beach County teachers will get an average 3 percent raise in a newly approved contract, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TODAY: Florida Senate education leaders David Simmons, Manny Diaz and Kelli Stargel hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. to discuss their chamber’s education priorities for the 2019 session. It is scheduled to air live on The Florida Channel.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup