CONSOLIDATION: The best the University of South Florida St. Petersburg can hope for under consolidation — to retain autonomy over budgets, curriculum and hiring — was signed into law Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
VETO: More medical schools were established at other state funded universities recently, so Gov. Ron DeSantis cut $1.7 million in funding toward the one at the University of South Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Another veto leaves Flagler College in St. John’s County about $1 million short in its efforts to improve and protect the Hotel Ponce de Leon, which suffered damage in recent hurricanes, the St. Augustine Record reports.
BANNED BOOKS: St. Lucie County schools continued using books that were found by administrators to have racial and ethnic biases, the TC Palm reports.
FAKE TESTS: In two weeks, Volusia County school officials will release the findings of an investigation into why 336 fake Advanced Placement exams were given to students, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
READING: A literacy tutor in Palm Beach County uses positive affirmations to teach girls to read, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TEACHER PAY: Like his opponent in the race for governor, Gov. Ron DeSantis is looking to pay new teachers more, the Florida Phoenix reports. The Orange County School Board on Tuesday approved a salary package that many teachers oppose, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SCHOOL TAX: Support for a Duval County school tax fell short Tuesday, with only four of 19 Jacksonville City Council members agreeing to go through with a referendum, the Times-Union reports. More from News4Jax. Clay County school officials are considering a sales tax, too, to fix aging schools and build news ones, News4Jax reports.
BAD ACTS: A private school teacher in Fort Myers will spend 30 months in prison and be required to register has a sex offender after pleading no contest to having sex with a student, the News-Press reports. A Lake County public school teacher was fired Monday for allegedly spraying an autistic student with a water bottle to make him follow instructions, the Daily Commercial reports.