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Florida education news: Computer education, superintendent search, salary standoff and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Rachel Howman, foreground, works alongside her classmates in their computer-based biology class at Ridgewood High in 2018. Teacher Stacy Brown conducts the class from Virginia. [JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK | Times]
Published Jun. 18
Updated Jun. 18

COMPUTER EDUCATION: Citing his commitment to jobs and education, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis highlights a $10 million investment into computer science teacher training and retention. It’s believed to be the largest such spending plan by a state. More from Florida Phoenix.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Retired Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart is among the applicants to become interim Volusia County superintendent. The School Board picks her and two others for interviews, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Charlotte County superintendent Steve Dionisio is set to get a raise and a revised contract, the Charlotte Sun reports. • The Broward County School Board will consider a proposal that would allow board members to try to fire their superintendent no more than twice a year, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TEACHER PAY: Brevard County superintendent Mark Mullins announces a new teacher pay plan after rejecting a proposal from a special magistrate. The teachers union immediately denounces Mullins’ offer, Florida Today reports. • In central Florida, Seminole County teachers near a salary deal including 3 percent raise, while Orange and Lake counties continue to negotiate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES: A Manatee County charter school has failed to pay into the state pension program, has $15,000 in unpaid water bills and has been running deficits for months, the Herald-Tribune reports. It’s the same school whose principal recently was stripped of his state certification.

DIVERSITY: The Marion County school district makes progress toward its goal of hiring more minority teachers and district-level administrators, but falls short in finding more minority school leaders, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

MUSICAL CHAIRS: Twenty Duval County school principals are recommended for reassignment to different campuses, WJXT reports.

TAX TIMING: Duval County school district and government officials head into the final stretch of their debate over whether and when the district might hold a sales tax referendum, Florida Politics reports. The district has released a school by school list of its proposed projects, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NO PORTABLES ALLOWED: The City of Lake Worth tells a local charter school to get rid of its portable classrooms, which had been allowed temporarily, CBS 12 reports.

FIXING IT: The Palm Beach County school district reduces the number of reported hazardous conditions on campuses as its staff continues to work through its backlog of work orders, the Palm Beach Post reports.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Charlotte County School Board will consider rules for employee use of medical marijuana, the Charlotte Sun reports.

BAD ACTS: The Florida Commission on Ethics finds the former Levy County director of school transportation abused his position by allegedly sexually harassing a coworker, WCJB reports. Bruce Greenlee, who also was mayor of Bronson at the time, has since resigned both posts, though he denies wrongdoing.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup


  1. Henry "Shake" Washington is running for Hillsborough County School Board for the second time since 2018.
  2. FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019, file photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks before the arrival of President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) JOHN MINCHILLO  |  AP
    University of Florida student body president Michael Murphy received a resolution for his impeachment Tuesday. Then the state’s Republican Party started an online petition and fundraiser.
  3. Representatives from the United School Employees of Pasco, on the left, present their latest pay request to the district's bargaining team during talks on Oct. 24, 2019. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff
    Officials from both sides say a deal could emerge as early as next week.
  4. A roundup of stories from around the state.
  5. Olivia Pruna, a student at Nina Harris Exceptional Student Education Center, practices with the school's drum line last year. The Pinellas County school district is asking parents and others for suggestions on ways to improve exceptional student education in the county. DOUGLAS CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.
  6. Student activists with the March For Our Lives group, founded after the Feb. 2018 Parkland shooting, hold a banner that promotes their new "peace plan" to prevent gun violence, while demonstrating in the rotunda of the state capitol building in Tallahassee. Emily L. Mahoney | Times
    The 18-year-old student director of March for Our Lives Florida said school shootings are so common they are “not shocking” anymore.
  7. Steven Currall prepares to deliver an address during his investiture as the University of South Florida's seventh president Thursday at the Yuengling Center in Tampa. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times
    Though he started the job in July, Steve Currall is officially installed as president on his 137th day in office.
  8. Gov. Ron DeSantis greets local officials at Dunedin High School on Oct. 7, 2019, part of a swing around the state to announce his plan to boost starting teacher pay in Florida to $47,500. He revealed a related teacher bonus plan on Nov. 14 in Vero Beach. MEGAN REEVES  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The new plan would replace the controversial Best and Brightest model that DeSantis had called confusing.
  9. Cotee River Elementary student Darrell Jones waves his American flag during the school's Veterans Day program.
    The School Board is scheduled to vote on the calendar next week.
  10. Pasco eSchool principal JoAnne Glenn is surprised by school district officials who announced she is their 2020 Principal of the Year. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff
    A discussion with Pasco County Principal of the Year JoAnne Glenn.