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Florida education news: School volunteers, tardiness and a student’s pro-life club

A roundup of stories from around the state.
A school bus travels the early morning streets. One Marion County elementary school will change its start time because some parents say they can't get their kids to school before the first bell.
A school bus travels the early morning streets. One Marion County elementary school will change its start time because some parents say they can't get their kids to school before the first bell.
Published Nov. 11, 2019

GETTING INVOLVED: A Hillsborough County man with arrests and prison time in his past seeks to get involved in his children’s school, as schools encourage parents to do. Yet his efforts are spurned after the district learns of his history and raises safety concerns.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A high-performing independent charter school in Miami-Dade County closes its doors because of low enrollment and ‘subpar’ facilities, with plans to transfer its operations to a connected for-profit charter group, WLRN reports. • An approved but contested Lake County charter school seeks an extra year to open, arguing a lawsuit prevented it from its originally planned debut, the Daily Commercial reports.

MEDICINE CABINET: Florida lawmakers will consider providing all schools with a a drug called naxolone that is used to help people who stop breathing, the News Service of Florida reports.

MARION COUNTY MESS: The biggest supporter of Marion County’s embattled superintendent, who continues to fight with the School Board, makes a public call for whistleblowers to step forward with claims of bullying by board members, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SCHOOL DAYS: A Marion County elementary school with student tardiness problems will begin its class day 10 minutes later to give parents more room to get to school on time, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

CLASSROOM TECH: A Miami-Dade County elementary school receives donated new computers on National STEAM Day, CBS4 News reports.

TOP TEACHERS: Duval County names its Teacher of the Year semifinalists, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CONTRACT TALKS: Orange County teachers reach a tentative contract settlement with the district, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CLUB CONTROVERSY: A Collier County high school student fights her school’s denial of her request to start a pro-life club, the Catholic News Agency reports.

FIRED: A Brevard County elementary school teacher loses her job amid accusations she cursed at students and called them ‘stupid,’ WFTV reports. • An Orange County school resource officer is fired after a video surfaces showing he used excessive force against a student, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NEEDS REMEDIATION: A Columbia County teacher accused of bullying students is not disciplined by the district, but is referred for sensitivity training, WJXT reports.

IN COURT: A Palm Beach County parent accuses a teaching assistant at his son’s elementary school of choking his 5-year-old, the Palm Beach Post reports.

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