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Florida education news: Superintendent search, banned books, corporal punishment and more

A roundup of education news from around the state.
Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins talks at One Buc Place in August 2018. He will retire when his contract ends a year from now. But the school board must start searching for his replacement. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Jun. 21

PODCAST: Step Up for Students president Doug Tuthill talks vouchers with Tampa Bay Timesreporter Jeff Solochek.

CLEARED: State ethics investigators clear Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes, the Tampa Bay Timesreports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Hillsborough County School Board decides to enlist a search firm to find superintendent Jeff Eakins’ replacement, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

STRUGGLING SCHOOL: A look from WUFT inside a young teacher’s classroom at Oakcrest Elementary, a Marion County school threatened with shutdown after six years of failing test scores.

TAXES: A community poll shows about 75 percent of Duval County voters support a half-cent sales tax to benefit schools, the Times-Unionreports. More from News4Jax.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT:Nineteen of Florida’s 67 school districts used corporal punishment in 2017/18, the Florida Phoenixreports. The practice continues despite some lawmakers’ push to end it.

NEW NAME:Florida International University renames think tank after billionaire real estate developer Jorge Pérez after he gave the school $1 million, the Miami Heraldreports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Collier County commissioners agree to fund school security officers for another year, the Naples Daily News reports.

PARENT QUESTIONS: Weeks after a Polk County private school closed when its headmaster was arrested, parents are unable to get students’ records, the Ledger reports.

BOOK BAN: A committee for Marion County public schools has deemed nine books inappropriate for middle school students, but all will remain in high school libraries, the the Star-Banner reports.

BAD ACTS: A teacher in Lake County faces firing after officials say she sprayed water at a nonverbal autistic student in her classroom, the Daily Commercial reports.

MONEY MOVES: The Martin County School Board made another payment on a former newspaper building set to become the district’s training site and public meeting location, TC Palmreports.

RAISES: Charlotte County schools superintendent scored a $13,000 raise this week despite mixed reviews from the community, the Port Charlotte Sunreports.

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: Charlotte County schools officials pick seven legislative priorities for 2020, including mental health, technical education and addressing the teacher shortage, the Port Charlotte Sunreports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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  1. 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.
  2. Henry "Shake" Washington is running for Hillsborough County School Board for the second time since 2018.
  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.
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