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Florida education news: Funding, vouchers, teacher evaluations and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
[Associated Press | 2016]
[Associated Press | 2016]
Published Apr. 30, 2019

BUDGETS: The House and Senate agree to increase per-student funding by $248, with $75 of that amount going to the flexible base-student allocation. It’s a bigger boost than in past years, leaving many education leaders “grateful” that lawmakers listened to them. • The chambers continue to work on language issues, but it has become clear that the House is ready to adopt the Senate stance on items including vouchers, teacher bonuses, Schools of Hope and community schools, Florida Phoenix reports. More from Florida Politics, Orlando Sentinel.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Florida House moves to limit school district impact fee increases to no more than 5 percent over two years.

EVALUATIONS: The Pasco County school district changes its stance on evaluating teachers’ ethical conduct, after several educators point out the definitions distinguishing the top two ratings were confusing at best.

TEACHING STAFF: Male teachers remain a minority in Florida, as the profession’s gender gap widens, WPTV reports.

INJURED TEACHERS: A growing number of Sarasota County teachers are being hurt by their students, with the bulk at the district’s school for students with disabilities, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ANTI-SEMITISM: The Florida Legislature sends a bill to Gov. Ron DeSantis to require schools, colleges and universities to treat anti-semitism as they treat racism, the Associated Press reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Lake County School Board delays renewal of a charter school’s charter amid concerns it has not seen any written financial plans, the Daily Commercial reports.

TEXTBOOKS: The Volusia County School Board prepares to approve new language arts materials despite the state’s pending standards review, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

POST MICHAEL: Restaurants are reopening in Bay County after Hurricane Michael, but they’re short staffed. To prepare more workers, Gulf Coast State College will offer its first ever summer culinary arts program, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Bay County school district will get $22 million in FEMA funding for recovery efforts, Florida Politics reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: A Lee County School Board member wants to fire superintendent Greg Adkins, saying he is not transparent and does not communicate well, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SICK SCHOOL: A Palm Beach County high school is sanitized after a case of staph infection is detected there, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigates threats of violence scrawled on a high school wall, WKRG reports. • An Indian River County teen is arrested on allegations of social media threats against a school, TC Palm reports.

TODAY: Senate session, 10 a.m. (On 3rd reading: SB 464 prepaid college programs, HB 593 postsecondary fee waivers. On special order: SB 1456 early learning) • House session, 10:30 p.m. (On third reading: HB 1127 do not hire teacher list, SB 190 Bright Futures, SB 7070 vouchers. On special order: SB 7030 school security/armed teachers. Several key bills remain on second reading.)

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup.