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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, 2019

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


  1. From left, Don Haddad, Peter Licata and Addison Davis, all finalists for the job of Hillsborough County school superintendent, met Thursday with community members at Rampello K-8 School. The School Board will choose among the three on Tuesday. [MARLENE SOKOL  |  Times]
    Addison Davis, Don Haddad and Peter Licata outline their plans for the first 90 days.
  2. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
    A man university police believe was target shooting near campus was not located, the university said.
  3. Former state senator John Legg has not ruled out a run for Pasco County schools superintendent. The district is the nation's largest to elect its chief executive.
    Short answer: Maybe.
  4. But the competition isn’t who many people expected it to be.
  5. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) [MARK LENNIHAN  |  AP]
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  6. A point tally ranking the three finalists to be Hillsborough County's next school superintendent shows up on a screen in the School Board meeting room Thursday after a meeting that lasted most of the day. [MARLENE SOKOL  |  Times]
    The last round of interviews is set for Jan. 21.
  7. Rep. Stan McClain, an Ocala Republican, presents a bill that would allow Florida public colleges and universities to sponsor charter schools, during a January 2020 meeting of the House PreK-12 Innovation subcommittee. [The Florida Channel]
    Alternative authorizers have been found unconstitutional in the past. But that isn’t stopping the effort.
  8. Thousands rallied and marched from the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to the Florida Historic Capitol to demand more money for public schools Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Thousands of school workers from around the state thronged Florida's Capitol on Monday to press Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to more than double the nearly $1 billion the governor is proposing for teacher raises and bonuses.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP) [TORI LYNN SCHNEIDER  |  AP]
    The PreK-12 Appropriations subcommittee cutting exercise would come in nearly 25 percent below Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposal.
  9. Cocoa Police Department video shows A.J. Plonsky being taken to a mental health facility under the Florida Baker Act on his first day of middle school, August 10, 2018.  [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
    Never intended to be used on children, the 1970s law in increasingly applied in schools.
  10. Assisted by the Ray and Associates search firm, the Hillsborough County School Board is hiring a new superintendent. [MARLENE SOKOL  |  Times staff]
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