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Job cuts hit financially troubled Hillsborough schools

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Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Addison Davis discussed potential budget cuts with the School Board at a recent workshop.
Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Addison Davis discussed potential budget cuts with the School Board at a recent workshop. [ MARLENE SOKOL | Times staff ]
Published Apr. 13
Updated Apr. 13

Budget reductions are never easy for schools, as so much of the money is wrapped up in the salaries and benefits of teachers and other workers who serve students. After years of warnings that the district was overspending, though, the time has arrived where Hillsborough County school district leaders decided to slash staff. Most schools are affected. There’s plenty of unhappiness to go around. Read on for that story and more Florida education news.

Details of cuts in Hillsborough County schools have begun to surface. Parent promised to protest. The board has a workshop and meeting today. Stay tuned.

Tallahassee action

You better think twice. The NCAA threatens to pull tournaments out of Florida if the Legislature approves measures aimed at limiting transgender student participation in school sports. • “What are you afraid of?” one mom asked of lawmakers, WTSP reports. • Not sure if this is a result of the mounting anger, but ...

Look for the union label. The Florida Education Association has launched a new round of ads opposing legislation they say would weaken labor organizations, Florida Politics reports.

About that emergency order on testing. Leaders of the Osceola and Brevard county teachers unions expressed disappointment it didn’t provide as much flexibility for teachers as for students, WKMG reports. • Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future criticized the order as watering down clear expectations for third grade promotion, the News Service of Florida reports.

Today in Tallahassee ... The Florida House convenes at 2 p.m. On special order: legislation on restraint and seclusion, opening remarks at state athletic tournaments, and transgender student athlete school competition. • Senate Education Appropriations meets at 2 p.m. with three bills on the agenda.

School news

Pro vs. con. Proponents and opponents of the Bay County school district’s property tax increase referendum will face off in a live debate, the Panama City News Herald reports.

One more chance. A Sarasota County school clerk accused of making rude comments to children is fighting an attempt to fire her, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Everybody shift. The Marion County school district is exploring the idea of moving its technical schools into an abandoned Sears, then consolidating its administration headquarters into the schools, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

Coronavirus concerns

Back to school. The Broward County school district is the latest to announce plans to return to the traditional model of in-person schooling in the fall, WTVJ reports.

Six tickets. Volusia County graduating seniors learned they will be able to invite more than two guests to their upcoming graduation ceremonies, WFTV reports.

Don’t miss a story. Here’s a link to yesterday’s roundup.

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