Florida education news: Charter schools, university rankings, tax sharing and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
King Charter School had applied to open in Pinellas County as the nation's first vegan public school. The School Board rejected the request, saying the application had several deficiencies. [Photo from King Charter School Facebook page]
King Charter School had applied to open in Pinellas County as the nation's first vegan public school. The School Board rejected the request, saying the application had several deficiencies. [Photo from King Charter School Facebook page]
Published May 15

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Three charter school applicants win approval to open in Pinellas County, while another is denied. It would have been the nation’s first vegan public school. • A Pasco County charter school gives up its charter and will close after classes end. • The Polk County School Board reverses course and approves a charter school it had denied, the Ledger reports.

UNIVERSITY RANKINGS: Florida again receives U.S. News and World Report’s top ranking for higher education. The ranking relies on certain data while not taking into account other items that students might consider important, Florida Phoenix reports.

ATTENDANCE MATTERS: The Broward County School Board considers relaxing the penalties for students who have unexcused absences, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SECURITY: Manatee County schools plan $1.7 million in security upgrades, including fences and cameras, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Volusia County School Board votes 4-1 to negotiate an early departure for superintendent Tom Russell, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

JOB TITLES: Several Lake County school district administrators get new titles as a way to eliminate confusion over their responsibilities, the Daily Commercial reports.

FUNDING: Polk County school district officials are cautiously optimistic about increased state funding for the coming academic year, the Ledger reports. • Volusia County school district leaders project a $10 million budget shortfall for the coming year, despite increased per-student funding, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Lee County school district purchases land for a promised new K-8 school in Estero, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

CONSTRUCTION PLANNING: The Manatee County school district gets an updated assessment of its buildings to help plan future construction and maintenance needs, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HURRICANE READINESS: Sarasota County considers fortifying a Venice elementary school to serve as a hurricane shelter, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Duval County elementary teacher receives a six-month suspension over abuse allegations, the Florida Times-Union reports.

UNDER INVESTIGATION: The State Attorney’s Office is looking into a complaint that the Santa Rosa County school district paid improper stipends to athletic coaches, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TODAY: Bill signing ceremony for HB 7123, 9:15 a.m., Governor’s Hurricane Conference in West Palm Beach.

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