It’s one thing to say you support something, such as racial equality. It’s another thing altogether to make it happen. That’s what students, faculty and staff are finding throughout the state’s K-12 and university systems. Witness the University of South Florida’s efforts to combat racism. Or the Palm Beach County school district’s criticized hiring practices. Read on for those stories plus more Florida education news. • Don’t forget to keep an eye on Tropical Storm Eta. Many school districts have called off classes for today, but so far none in the Tampa Bay area.
How schools deal with racial issues makes a difference. The University of South Florida pledged to be a leader in fighting racism. The faculty senate struggled to find the right words to guide the effort. • A student’s racist video has sparked a debate over First Amendment rights at Florida Atlantic University, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A Hillsborough County teacher is bringing the history of Black cemeteries to her district’s curriculum.
Speaking of student rights ... A USF student group claims it is being targeted by the administration for criticizing the school’s coronavirus plans and budget decisions, WFLA reports.
Some parents aren’t waiting for the state to decide how second semester will look. They’re making alternative plans just in case remote live lessons no longer are allowed, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
The coronavirus is taking teachers out of schools. The Sarasota County district is having trouble finding substitutes to take their classes when teachers are absent or quarantined, the Herald-Tribune reports. • The Collier County school district has seen a higher retention rate of teachers this year despite the pandemic, the Naples Daily News reports.
Families are choosing to send their kids back to campus. Another 2,000 have returned to classrooms in Marion County, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
Applications to Florida’s universities are down by close to half. The Board of Governors' inflexibility on its entry test requirement is the key reason, Inside Higher Ed reports.
The Palm Beach County school district will be retraining its HR staff. A federal investigation found the district discriminated against foreign-born job applicants, the Palm Beach Post reports.
New school board members are preparing to take their seats. Manatee County’s newly elected official shared her priorities and views with the Bradenton Herald.
Miami-Dade College is getting closer to picking a president. Former state colleges chancellor Madeline Pumariega is the leading finalist, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. More on the four finalists from WLRN.
Teacher pay remains a sore spot. Martin County teachers find they aren’t getting all the property tax revenue promised to them from their district’s 2018 referendum, TC Palm reports. • The Citrus County school district joins the ranks of those that can’t reach the state’s target base teacher salary, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
Do you want to play a game? Two Volusia County elementary school teachers created a life-size Candy Land game in a classroom for their students, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Hurricane season isn’t over yet. Schools across the state have announced they’ll close because of the threat of Eta. Among them, Monroe County schools have closed, the Miami Herald reports. Miami-Dade County schools also will close, the Miami Herald reports. • Broward and Palm Beach canceled classes, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Lee County schools are closed, too, WFTX reports. Even as far up the coast as Brevard County, schools are closing, Spectrum 13 reports. • The Florida Board of Education has called off its Tuesday meeting and will reschedule, the Department of Education reports.
Before you go ... A new version of an old song that just seemed to speak volumes in these particular days. Enjoy.