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Band director Kevin Ford shares strategies for success with his students in the school's Leadership Conservatory of the Arts program. The county's property tax referendum helps pay for arts programs the district otherwise might not afford.
Band director Kevin Ford shares strategies for success with his students in the school's Leadership Conservatory of the Arts program. The county's property tax referendum helps pay for arts programs the district otherwise might not afford. [ "DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Nov. 5, 2020

Continuing a trend from two years ago, 10 Florida school districts won voter approval to increase local property or sales taxes to help pay for items they otherwise might not be able to afford. Two others received the thumbs up to move tax revenue from capital into general operations, again to cover items that didn’t fit into their budgets. Just one district lost its tax referendum, by the slimmest of margins. It’s become clear that the general public backs its school districts. But some wonder whether they’re doing the right thing. Read on for that and other Florida education news.

Referendums bolster district budgets. Should the state Legislature be doing that instead?

There’s a new majority in charge. The Hillsborough County School Board has a more teacher-friendly membership after this week’s election results. • St. Lucie County’s teacher union leadership is watching its school board’s dynamics after a candidate it supported lost, TC Palm reports.

Come back, or take leave. That’s the message the Broward County school district is sending to thousands of teachers who didn’t qualify for its rules to work from home, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Handling virus cases on campus is complicated. The Palm Beach County school district revised its quarantine rules so that when a student is sent home sick, siblings must follow, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Middle school grades at an Orange County K-8 school are sent home for online learning after positive cases on campus, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The Santa Rosa County school district decided to keep its quarantine rules in place, even though many parents don’t like them, WEAR reports.

One Manatee County private school was set to end its online course offerings. A spike in coronavirus cases among students and staff changed its mind, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Des Moines Public Schools mechanic Kelly Silver cleans the interior of a school bus, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Des Moines Public Schools mechanic Kelly Silver cleans the interior of a school bus, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) [ CHARLIE NEIBERGALL | AP ]

Drivers say their buses can’t be clean enough. Some asked the Alachua County school district to provide more coronavirus testing for them, WUFT reports.

Another high school football team ends its season early. COVID-19 cases did in the Collier County private school’s remaining games, the Naples Daily News reports.

Students continue to head back to school. The Palm Beach County district anticipates about 13,000 more students will be on campuses for the second quarter than when it reopened classrooms in September, WPTV reports.

An administrative law judge has recommended barring two Orange County private schools from the state’s scholarship programs. The schools' director couldn’t pass a background test, the News Service of Florida reports.

He’s fired. A Marion County school administrator lost his battle to keep his job after testing positive for prescribed medical marijuana in violation of work policies, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

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