Florida education news: Teacher pay, guns on campus, student vaccinations and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Hillsborough High School students hold signs in support of teacher pay raises during a 2018 walk out. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Hillsborough High School students hold signs in support of teacher pay raises during a 2018 walk out. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published April 9, 2019

TEACHER PAY: Florida teachers have clamored for pay raises rather than annual bonuses. While still far from reality, at least one key lawmaker says the idea is not yet off the table.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A bill that would allow people to carry weapons at churches that have schools hits a wall in the state Senate. • The Manatee County School Board prepares to debate its position on allowing teachers to carry guns, the Herald-Tribune reports.

STUDENT VACCINATIONS: The number of Florida school children claiming exemptions to avoid getting their shots has jumped 375 percent since 2011.

STANDARDS REVIEW: The Florida Department of Education launches a new website and survey to collect public input on K-12 academic standards.

MAKING SCENTS: A Leon County school that focuses on children with autism collects scent kits of all its students, to help find them if they ever wander away, WTXL reports.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL: The Leon County School Board approves a $100,000 settlement with former superintendent Jackie Pons, who had threatened to sue after not being offered a job, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: A Polk County family criticizes the school district for failing to let them know their child had been attacked at school, WFTS reports.

DUAL ENROLLMENT: The University of South Florida agrees to bring dual enrollment courses to Manatee County high schools, after State College of Florida walked away from the program, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Palm Beach County School Board ends its four-year legal battle to stop Charter Schools USA from opening new schools in the county, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SUSPENDED SUPERINTENDENT: The legal tussle continues over the fate of suspended Okaloosa County superintendent Mary Beth Jackson, with the state Supreme Court expected to weigh in soon, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

TODAY: Senate Education, 1:30 p.m. (On the agenda: SJR 274 school board term limits, SB 1726 parental rights, SPB 7106 risk protection orders) • Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology, 1:30 p.m. (On the agenda: SB 770 career-technical education)

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup