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Florida education news: Charter schools, education bills, human trafficking and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee on March 5. (SCOTT KEELER | Times)
Published Apr. 15

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A proposed Pinellas County charter school that wants to go vegan might not be able to do so because of federal rules on milk. • A Manatee County charter school principal has asked for a hearing to fight a move to strip his certification, the WFTS reports.

CRUNCH TIME: The Florida Legislature enters its final weeks of session with hundreds of bills — including several related to education — that still haven’t made it to final adoption, the Associated Press reports. • Education funding could be tight as lawmakers seek to provide relief to hurricane-hit communities, GateHouse reports.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: An expert on human trafficking praises Florida’s move to require education about the subject in schools, The Hill reports.

TEACHER TESTS: Florida lawmakers continue to debate the possibility of changing teacher certification requirements by eliminating a general knowledge test, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Job-searching Indian River County superintendent Mark Rendell offers to negotiate his resignation with the School Board that has discussed replacing him, TC Palm reports.

PROM PROBLEMS: Some St. Johns County teens have their prom privileges revoked after too many tardies, and their parents aren’t pleased, WJAX reports.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A Monroe County teen is arrested on accusations of bringing a gun to school, the Miami Herald reports. • A Duval County private school student is arrested on allegations of having two weapons on campus, WJAX reports.

PARKLAND LIABILITY: The state Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments in a case regarding how much the Broward County school district should pay families of victims in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, the News Service of Florida reports.

BLACK HISTORY: African-American leaders say Florida’s schools don’t do enough to infuse black history into their lessons, despite state laws, the Palm Beach Post reports.

NOT COMING: The executive director of transportation for Atlanta Public Schools rejects an offer from the Lee County school district after the Lee School Board questions his appointment, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILLS: Some children at an Orange County elementary school thought their school was under siege when the message that they were in a drill didn’t get to them, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL DAYS: Some Palm Beach County parents are complaining about the possibility of their children resuming classes on Aug. 10 after summer break — their earliest start in 15 years, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TODAY: Gov. Ron DeSantis and education commissioner Richard Corcoran visit Florida State University at 8:30 a.m. for an announcement. They next visit a Tampa private school at 11 a.m. to discuss education priorities.

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  1. A Hernando County Sheriff's deputy talks to students in the cafeteria of Brooksville Elementary School in 2018. Earlier this month, the school district put forward a proposal to move away from a contract with the Sheriff and establish its own police force. On Tuesday, it announced it would drop that idea.
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  2. Randy Koenigsfeld, right, has retired as Schwettman Education Center principal after a decade in the job. Guidance counselor Mary Jones is with him in this photo from a recent open house. Pasco County school district
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