Florida education news: Legislative plans, school leadership, board meetings and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee on March 5.  (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee on March 5. (SCOTT KEELER | Times)
Published May 24

7 PERCENT TO GO: Gov. Ron DeSantis got 93 percent of his education agenda through the Florida Legislature this year, leading commissioner Richard Corcoran to call the session “amazing.”

NOT GUILTY PLEA: A Pinellas County teacher who was arrested and fired after law enforcement found she had a loaded gun and other weapons in her backpack pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon at school.

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Two veteran Pasco County school principals announce their retirements as the academic year ends.

AFTER-MEETINGS: The Lee County School Board discontinues its post-meeting meetings, which had been criticized for their lack of transparency, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The Duval County school district’s plans for improving several long-struggling schools come under attack by the state, the Florida Times-Union reports.

WALKING HOME: Some Hillsborough County parents complain about an anti-abortion activist confronting their children outside a middle school as they walk home, WFTS reports.

TEST SCORES: Florida State University officials say new SAT adversity scores helped diversify the school’s next class of students, Florida Daily reports.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Outgoing Indian River County superintendent Mark Rendell says he met his goals in the job, even if people don’t know it, TC Palm reports.

SECURITY: The cost of school security in Marion County rises to $4.6 million a year, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

TAXES: An oversight committee continues to debate how revenue from a Manatee County school district property tax can be spent, the Bradenton Herald reports.

THREE FOR THREE: All three siblings of a Coral Gables family graduate as their class valedictorian and head to Stanford University, the Miami Herald reports.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: A Flagler County School Board member agrees to pay a $500 fine for minor violations on her financial disclosure form, Flagler Live reports.

BAD ACTS: A Lake County high school coach is arrested on charges of possessing child pornography, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • A Broward County special education assistant, recently removed from a classroom amid accusations of berating students with autism, had a record of striking students as discipline, the Miami Herald reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup