Florida education news: Education legislation, charter schools, public comment and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
House Speaker Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes and Senate President Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton.
House Speaker Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes and Senate President Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton.
Published May 7, 2019

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: Only 10 percent of bills filed in the Florida Legislature made it through the entire process. Many were high profile education measures. One landed on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk already, the News Service of Florida reports. Some other education talkers were just that, though, fizzling rather than moving.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Hillsborough County School Board prepares to review its charter school procedures, as it considers approval of a “Schools of Hope” application by a state-approved operator.

PUBLIC COMMENT: The Pasco County School Board changes its public commenting rules at meetings, moving all speakers who aren’t there for a specific agenda item to the end of the session.

PARTY BUS: About 40 Land O’Lakes High students are turned away from their prom after arriving on a party bus where some of them are accused of consuming alcohol.

BRANDING: The University of South Florida dumps its unpopular new logo in favor of a familiar old one.

KINDERGARTEN READINESS: Close to half of Florida children in the Voluntary Prekindergarten program do not pass a kindergarten readiness assessment, leading some experts to question the validity of the assessment, WPTV reports.

TAXES: Duval County leaders look into when they would be allowed to hold a school district sales tax referendum to support construction and maintenance projects, the Florida Times-Union reports.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL: The Florida Legislature dismantles Florida Virtual School’s board of trustees, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GRADUATION TIME: The University of Florida will bring its commencement ceremonies indoors after getting complaints about one rained-out event, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Florida Gulf Coast University holds its largest graduation ceremony ever, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

QUICK DELIVERY: The Brevard County school district puts construction of a new elementary school on a one-year time line in an effort to ease crowding as soon as possible, Florida Today reports.