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Florida education news: Reading, recordings, raises and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Rafael Mercado, 16, right, helps second-grader Luis Longoria, 7, with his reading at Bailey Elementary School in Dover, Florida on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. IB students from Strawberry High School spend the first hour of every Tuesday morning tutoring struggling readers from Bailey Elementary School.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Rafael Mercado, 16, right, helps second-grader Luis Longoria, 7, with his reading at Bailey Elementary School in Dover, Florida on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. IB students from Strawberry High School spend the first hour of every Tuesday morning tutoring struggling readers from Bailey Elementary School.
Published Apr. 23, 2019

READING LESSONS: Students at Hillsborough County’s Strawberry Crest High School spend Tuesday mornings at neighboring Bailey Elementary helping second graders learn to read.

MEETING VIDEOS: Pasco County school district officials draft proposed policy to guide the School Board as it prepares to video record and stream its meetings for the first time.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Hernando County kindergarten teacher recorded yelling at students is told to mind her tone of voice in class, amid calls for her removal. • A Sarasota County middle school teacher faces dismissal amid allegations he slammed a student into a wall and then lied about the incident, the Herald-Tribune reports.

VOUCHERS: Florida again takes the lead nationally in pushing to expand school vouchers, Education Week reports.

RAISES: Representatives from the Brevard County school district and teachers union make their cases before a special magistrate in an attempt to overcome differences in negotiations, Florida Today reports.

SUE YOU: Superior Schools Corp. sues Plato Academies after the Pinellas County charter school group terminated the management company’s contract, Florida Politics reports. • The owner of a shuttered St. Lucie County private school is sued for $2 million in unpaid rent, TC Palm reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: A long awaited Destin high school wins charter approval from the Okaloosa County School Board, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

SUSPENDED SUPERINTENDENT: After a legal battle over the governor’s authority, the proposed removal of suspended Okaloosa superintendent Mary Beth Jackson heads to the state Senate for a hearing, the News Service of Florida reports.

HEALTHY KIDS: Students at a Volusia County elementary school will be the first to test out the district’s new project allowing them to chat remotely with a doctor if they’re not feeling well, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CHARTER CHANGES: A Marion County charter school changes its name more than three years after breaking away from its partner school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • The McKeel charter school system in Polk County shuffles administrators, the Ledger reports. • Three new charter schools have applied to open in Lee County, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TODAY: Senate session, 10 a.m. (On third reading: SB 7070 school security) • House session, 12:30 p.m. • Senate Special Master Prehearing Conference on Suspension of Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent, 1 p.m.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup