SCHOLARSHIPS: Pasco County school district officials propose restrictions on offering state private-school scholarships to students who claim they’ve been bullied. The district wants to verify the claims first, despite that not being a requirement in law. One state senator, meanwhile, aims to expand the program further while easing access to it, with a bill filed Tuesday. (See SB 1410)
TRANSGENDER RIGHTS: Conservative groups seeking to limit transgender students’ rights in Pasco County schools will not find satisfaction in the district’s latest list of proposed policy revisions. The administration indicates it has no plan to change its rules. Officials have said they await a court ruling from a St. Johns County case that could have bearing on their actions. That case is headed to appeal in federal court, Metro Weekly reports.
PARKLAND AFTERMATH: Public Safety Commission chairman Sheriff Bob Gualtieri visits the Broward County School Board to explain his panel’s findings and make recommendations for improvement, the Miami Herald reports. Among its actions, the board will consider dismissing superintendent Robert Runcie, whose leadership during and after the Parkland shooting incident has come under fire, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from WLRN. Security remains a concern at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, with four students arrested after a fight there this week, WPLG reports.
BOOK BANNING: A conservative group asks the Marion County school district to remove 14 titles from its shelves, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. District officials have begun reviewing the novels, and already have taken some out of middle schools.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Duval County superintendent Diana Greene recommends denial of a charter school application, saying its proposal would segregate students, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A court halts construction plans for a Lake County charter school, supporting a complaint that the project would generate too much traffic, WKMG reports. • Polk County School Board members discuss possibilities to have their district schools compete with the charter school system in Lake Wales, the Ledger reports.
FINANCIAL CONTROLS: Lee County school district officials are brought before lawmakers to ensure findings in state audits are being followed, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SCHOOL DAYS: The Brevard County School Board shortens its 2019-20 winter break amid community concerns that plans to start the vacation on a Tuesday and have students return on a Friday would lead to too many absences, Florida Today reports. • The St. Johns County school district proposes changing the start times for all of its schools, the St. Augustine Record reports.
INFIGHTING: Lee County School Board members have taken to personal insults and criticism of one another, prompting them to plan a training session, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NAME GAME: After 18 months of back and forth, the Manatee County School Board picks a name for its new high school in Parrish, the Bradenton Herald reports.