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Florida education news: Mental health services, graduation, school choice and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: After sparring with Gov. Ron DeSantis, Hillsborough County School Board member reiterates her stance that all schools need in-house counseling and related services for students. Karen Perez tried to ask the governor about whether the state was spending enough to meet the need. • Many students say they don’t trust the people around them in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, the Associated Press reports. • Faced with multiple emergency drills, some students say they also don’t feel safe, the Florida Times-Union reports.

DESANTIS’ APPEAL: Gov. Ron DeSantis finds success in Tallahassee despite his lack of experiences there before his election. He’s proving a different type of leader than his predecessors, and winning support along the way.

GRADUATION: Once homeless, Nikishea Wright finds the drive to earn her degree from St. Petersburg College. • Pasco-Hernando State College graduates celebrate their commencement. • Polk County parents complain the venue chosen for high school graduations doesn’t have enough seats, the Ledger reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Some Pasco County schools prove bigger draws than others during the district’s open enrollment season.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Broward County school district revises its Promise program as an alternative to suspension, rather than a pre-arrest diversion, to avoid having to send student reports to the state, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

FUNDING: State officials rebut claims by the Okaloosa County school district that new state funding will not cover all the district’s costs, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • A state review finds the Lee County school district misspent $3.9 million in state funding, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TEACHER PAY: A special magistrate sides with Brevard County teachers in their ongoing impasse with the district over raises, Florida Today reports.

POINTS OF VIEW: The superintendents of Leon, Bay and Wakulla county schools walk away from the 2019 Florida legislative session with different opinions on how well lawmakers did for schools, WFSU reports.

IMPACT FEES: Santa Rosa County school district leaders prepare their next steps to seek increased impact fees after they don’t find support at the county government, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

STUDENT SERVICES: The Sarasota County school district faces accusations of harming a student’s academic growth by placing him in a special program without family permission, the Herald-Tribune reports. • The Florida Department of Education will survey Sarasota County families about the quality of special education programs, the Venice Sun reports.

DRESS CODE: The Volusia County School Board will consider relaxing its dress code restrictions, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BYOD: Collier County teachers find ways to incorporate smart phones into their lessons in ways that students don’t abuse the privilege, the Naples Daily News reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A planned Leon County charter school will delay its opening after its proposed location falls through, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • A Lake County School Board member gives up his seat on an Osceola County charter school board, the Daily Commercial reports.

SAFETY: The Monroe County school district has yet to complete several safety and security measures, the Key West Citizen reports.

SENIOR PRANKS: An Alachua County high school senior is arrested on allegations he drove a dirt bike through the school as part of a prank, WCJB reports. • A Duval County middle-high school is vandalized after a senior prank gets out of hand, WJAX reports.

STILL FIRED: The Oklaoosa County School Board upholds the dismissal of the district’s former director of student services, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

BAD ACTS: A Hillsborough County middle school teacher is arrested on accusations of slapping a student, WFTS reports.