Florida education news: Funding, teacher morale, medical marijuana and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Students are dismissed from Spoto High School in Riverview on May 28, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Students are dismissed from Spoto High School in Riverview on May 28, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published June 7

EDUCATION FUNDING: Florida doesn’t spend adequately on education, but of the amount it does allocate, it spreads the funds equitably, according to a new national report.

SURVEY SAYS: The Hillsborough County school district publicly releases results from its annual teacher, student and parent climate survey.

SCHOOL MASCOTS: Hillsborough County’s School Board chairwoman takes to social media to express her opposition to using Native American mascots for schools, a position she didn’t state during a board discussion on the issue. Hear our Gradebook podcast on the issue for some added perspective.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Palm Beach County School Board votes to allow students to use medical marijuana in schools, High Times reports. • Many Florida school districts don’t have such policies. In the northeast corner, only Clay County permits medical marijuana usage, WJAX reports.

ADJUNCT FACULTY: To help combat a teacher applicant shortage, Florida lawmakers quietly approved legislation to allow schools to hire adjunct teachers without full certification for up to three years, Florida Phoenix reports. The bill has not yet reached Gov. Ron DeSantis.

TEACHER PAY: Brevard County superintendent Mark Mullins rejects a special magistrate’s recommendations on how much to increase teacher salaries, Florida Today reports. The district and teachers union have been at impasse since December. • Martin County teachers reach a deal for a pay increase and an annual supplement in 2019-20, thanks in part to a recent voter-approved property tax increase, TC Palm reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Volusia County School Board takes steps to find both an interim and permanent superintendent as it pushes the current job holder out the door, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

VAPING: Nassau County school officials meet with state and law enforcement leaders to discuss how to reduce rising e-cigarette use among students, the Florida Times-Union reports.

OFFICE SPACE: The Marion County school district drops plans to buy and renovate buildings for new administrative offices, instead looking to build new space for a similar cost, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SECURITY: Santa Rosa and Escambia schools work to balance safety needs with other budget demands, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

INVESTIGATION: The Sarasota County School Board authorizes an investigation into allegations that the district’s chief operating officer threatened his administrative assistant after she complained about him, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FLYING HIGH: About three dozen Broward County teens complete the first year of a three-year aviation technician dual enrollment program, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup