Florida education news: Career education, teacher morale, school social media and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Show here is a screenshot of the new Instagram account for Pinellas County schools.
Show here is a screenshot of the new Instagram account for Pinellas County schools.
Published May 21

CAREER EDUCATION: Using rule making, the Florida Department of Education prepares to advance Gov. Ron DeSantis’ workforce education agenda.

OUTTA HERE: A Hillsborough County middle school teacher gains wide attention and varied responses to her published essay on why she’s quitting the profession.

PACKING HEAT: A Pinellas County elementary school teacher who recently was told she would not have her contract renewed is arrested on allegations of carrying a loaded gun and a knife on campus in her backpack. • Four teens are arrested on accusations of trespassing at a Gadsden County high school, including one who allegedly had a loaded gun, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

REACHING OUT: The Pinellas County school district launches an Instagram page to give parents another way to communicate with the district.

R.I.P.: Former Florida State University president Sandy D’Alemberte dies at 85.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The sheriff of Clay County resigns his position on the governing board of a charter school in St. Johns County, WJAX reports.

BELL SCHEDULES: Using data from north Florida schools, researchers find a one-hour delay in school start times has a positive effect on student academic performance, Education Next reports.

PROM ROYALTY: A Miami-Dade County high school selects a student with Down syndrome as prom queen, WSVN reports.

MORE PBJ: A Volusia County kindergartner begins a peanut butter and jelly collection drive after learning a classmate might go hungry over the summer without help, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

AFTER MICHAEL: Bay County school district officials continue to feel the financial impact of Hurricane Michael, which devastated the area nearly a year ago, the Panama City News Herald reports.

SUSPENDED SUPERINTENDENT: The Florida Senate might not decide the fate of suspended Okaloosa County superintendent Mary Beth Jackson until the fall, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

TESTING TACTIC? A hearing over the treatment of a Sarasota County student raises questions over whether the district allowed the transfer of more than one child with special needs to protect school grades, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CONTRACT TALKS: Representatives of Sarasota County teachers and the school district prepare to resume collective bargaining at a time when their relationship has bottomed out, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Broward County elementary school teacher and aide could lose their jobs over allegations they verbally and physically abused students with autism, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup