Florida education news; Teacher bonuses, school mascots, emergency responses and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Kaneshia Williams teaches reading at Sheehy Elementary School, one of 50 Achievement Schools in Hillsborough County. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Kaneshia Williams teaches reading at Sheehy Elementary School, one of 50 Achievement Schools in Hillsborough County. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Published May 14

BONUS SETTLEMENT: Thousands of Florida’s black and Hispanic public school teachers stand to benefit as the state works to complete a $15.5 million settlement of a discrimination lawsuit challenging the Best and Brightest teacher bonus.

SCHOOL MASCOTS: Six Hillsborough County schools will change their mascots, and two others will revamp traditions, in an effort to show respect to Native Americans.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE: The Pasco County school district begins implementing a new computerized system to help employees respond more quickly and efficiently to crises.

OUTSOURCING: A study into whether to privatize custodial services in Hillsborough County schools could take months.

OFF THE AIR: Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins defends a decision not to televise or live stream School Board workshops.

#MSDSTRONG: Florida’s 2019 principal of the year will become the new principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

GRADUATION DAY: Parents and guests attending Palm Beach County high school graduation ceremonies will have to pass through metal detectors to get inside, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Demand for charter schools increases as Florida’s population grows, the Floridian reports.

PRINCIPAL PROTEST: Parents and teachers at Brevard County’s Titusville High call for removal of their administrators, claiming the school has a negative and hostile environment, Florida Today reports.

TEACHER PAY: New studies indicate Florida teachers are among the worst paid nationally, driving a shortage of qualified applicants for positions, Florida Daily reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Former Lake County superintendent Susan Moxley is picked to lead Indian River County schools until the district finds a permanent chief executive, TC Palm reports. ​​​​​​​

TARGETED: Democratic groups take aim at Republican lawmakers Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. and House Speaker Jose Oliva over their stances on key education issues including vouchers and arming teachers, Florida Politics reports.

FIRED: The Marion County School Board narrowly upholds a decision to dismiss a teacher accused of making sexually suggestive comments to a student, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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