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Property insurance costs skyrocket for Florida schools

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
 
Florida schools are seeing their property insurance premiums rise by hundreds of thousands of dollars. The costs are expected to keep rising, especially if another hurricane hits, causing extensive damage as occurred in Bay County with Hurricane Michael.
Florida schools are seeing their property insurance premiums rise by hundreds of thousands of dollars. The costs are expected to keep rising, especially if another hurricane hits, causing extensive damage as occurred in Bay County with Hurricane Michael. [ MONICA HERNDON ]
Published June 29, 2023|Updated June 29, 2023

The big story: Property insurance rates are soaring across Florida, and not just for homeowners.

Schools also are getting socked.

Districts across the state are seeing their premiums rise by hundreds of thousands of dollars. And they’re getting less coverage than they had before.

“I think it will get worse if Florida gets hit by another hurricane in the near future,” said Todd Stupski, risk management director for Leon County schools. Read more from the Tallahassee Democrat.

Hot topics

Textbooks: More than 1,500 Miami-Dade County residents have applied to serve on the school district’s social studies textbook review committee, WPLG reports.

Teacher unions: The National Education Association is holding its annual representative assembly in Orlando, and many members are upset with the decision to meet in a state that’s been unfriendly to unions, Education Week reports.

Superintendents: Pasco County assistant superintendent Kim Moore is off to lead a 28,000-student district in South Carolina. • Newly appointed Manatee County superintendent Jason Wysong is to be sworn in next week, as Cynthia Saunders officially retires, WWSB reports. • Duval County NAACP leaders are raising concerns about their school district’s superintendent search, suggesting it appears a facade for a preordained candidate, Jacksonville Today reports.

School restrooms: Florida school districts are preparing for the implementation of a new law restricting restroom use to a person’s biological sex at birth, WJXT reports.

Bell schedules: School officials across the state have questions and concerns as they look into how they will meet new requirements that high school classes start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., Fort Myers Florida Weekly reports. They have until 2026 to make changes.

Accident insurance: The Bay County school district is starting a new program to insure all students in the event they have an accident such as breaking their leg on campus, WMBB reports.

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

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