Florida education news: Parent rights, teachers with guns, president search and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Florida House Education Committee chairwoman Jennifer Sullivan encourages her colleagues to support a school safety bill that would allow, among other things, teachers to participate as armed school guardians. 'To be clear, this bill does not require a teacher to be armed,' Sullivan said at the March 21, 2019, session. [The Florida Channel]
Florida House Education Committee chairwoman Jennifer Sullivan encourages her colleagues to support a school safety bill that would allow, among other things, teachers to participate as armed school guardians. 'To be clear, this bill does not require a teacher to be armed,' Sullivan said at the March 21, 2019, session. [The Florida Channel]
Published March 22

PARENT RIGHTS: Saying parents too often have to fight the power, a Florida House committee advances a “parental rights” bill that would impact schools, health care and more. "This is all about empowering, engagement,” sponsor Rep. Erin Grall said.

TEACHERS WITH GUNS: A bill that would allow teachers to participate in the state’s armed school guardian program advances through its first stop in the Florida House.

PRESIDENT SEARCH: University of South Florida officials strive to learn more about the four finalists to become the school’s next president. • Five newly appointed Miami-Dade College trustees could influence the direction of the school’s president search, the Miami Herald reports.

OVERSIGHT: A Polk County School Board member calls for added scrutiny of private schools that accept state funding, amid allegations that a child on a state-supported scholarship was molested at a private school by its operator, the Ledger reports.

EARLY EDUCATION: The Florida House moves ahead with legislation to overhaul state assessment of prekindergarten programs, the Herald-Tribune reports.

REMOVED: The principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High is relieved of his duties amid a continuing investigation into his actions surrounding the 2018 shooting at his school, the Miami Herald reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel. • The principal of an Alachua County early learning center is placed on leave after being the target of employee complaints, the Gainesville Sun reports.

IN COURT: Gov. Ron DeSantis defends his right to suspend Okaloosa County superintendent Mary Beth Jackson, who has challenged his move in the Florida Supreme Court, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

GETTING THERE: The city of Lakeland will install sidewalks near three schools to help students who walk get there more safely, the Ledger reports.

FARMING LIFE: A Marion County Catholic high school will reinstate it agriculture courses and become the first private high school in the county to have an FFA program, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

ACCOUNTING TRICKS: Sarasota County’s superintendent recommends a new way to calculate his district’s annual fund balance, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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