Florida education news: Vouchers, school security, teacher pay and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
EVE EDELHEIT   |   TimesMaggie Lipke, 10, works on classroom work at Brighton Preparatory School in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
EVE EDELHEIT | TimesMaggie Lipke, 10, works on classroom work at Brighton Preparatory School in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
Published March 14

VOUCHERS: The Florida House unveils its version of a proposal to create a new private school voucher program for Florida students. It’s more ambitious and expansive than the Senate version. The House Education Committee will take up the measure when it meets at noon. More from Orlando Sentinel.

SECURITY: A Hernando County charter school faces immediate closure if it does not make arrangements to have a full-time armed officer or guard on its campus by the end of the week. • Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri again urges superintendents statewide to adopt a guardian program, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • The Marion County School Board will push aggressively to have at least two guards on each school campus by the fall, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • The Palm Beach County School Board, which is using FHP officers to help secure schools, will appeal an administrative judge’s ruling that it must “assign” guards to charter schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Palm Beach Post.

TEACHER PAY: Florida’s national ranking in average teacher pay drops from 45 to 46. • The Lake County school district considers offering financial incentives to keep teachers at its neediest schools, the Daily Commercial reports. • Brevard County teachers reduce their raise request during renewed negotiations, Florida Today reports.

GOING IB: Hillsborough County’s Greco Middle School begins the process to become an International Baccalaureate school. Nearly three quarters of the students zoned for the campus attend magnet schools elsewhere.

INVESTIGATION NOT CLOSED: A Lee County School Board member might have violated state law by releasing information from an employee investigation before it was completed, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

ADMISSION SCANDAL: IMG Academy suspends the official who was involved with a college entry test cheating scandal, adding it had no information showing Mark Riddell’s actions affected any current students. More from Florida Phoenix.

CAMPUS SUICIDE: A Seminole County high school student shoots herself in a remote part of the school campus, WBBH reports.

FREE SPEECH? A legislative proposal that Florida universities survey students to determine their personal views and whether they believe they are being indoctrinated draws a heated debate, Florida Politics reports.

TROUBLED PRIVATE SCHOOL: A Martin County private school that has faced increasing scrutiny over its activities could lose access to state McKay and Tax Credit scholarships, TC Palm reports.

SOFTWARE STRUGGLES: The Manatee County school district has continuing troubles implementing its new computer system, the Bradenton Herald reports.

OVERSIGHT: The Charlotte County School Board wants to be able to remove members of its tax referendum oversight committee at any time, the Charlotte Sun reports.

DRESS CODE: Volusia County high school principals call for a relaxation of the district’s uniform policy, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: A call emerges for an appointed superintendent in Okaloosa County, following the suspension of its elected superintendent, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: Two Brevard County teens are arrested on accusations of threatening to shoot up their middle school, Florida Today reports. • A Leon County teen is arrested on allegations of making a threat of violence against a high school, which prompted about 700 students to stay home, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

TODAY: House Education, 12 p.m.

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