POLICY REVIEW: The Hillsborough County School Board plans to discuss weighty issues such as teacher incentive pay and community schooling, but not at a regular meeting. Members instead will review the topics at a workshop, which the district stopped televising.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: A national teacher survey echoes Pinellas County educators’ concern that schools are ignoring student behavior problems to get their referral numbers down.
LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: The Florida School Boards Association looks to reduced testing and improved teacher pay as it prepares its list of goals for the 2020 session.
OPEN ARMS: A Sarasota Jewish day school sees its enrollment triple after establishing a more inclusive mission statement, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.
HOLDING FIRM: The Jacksonville City attorney refuses to rescind his binding legal opinion that has stopped the Duval County School Board from calling a special sales tax referendum, the Florida Times-Union reports. Duval County has a unitary government system unlike others in the state.
COACH SUPERINTENDENT: The superintendent of Taylor County schools takes over as interim football coach at Taylor County High, WCTV reports. The team had big problems with the coach who resigned, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
TESTING: Central Florida schools work to keep student testing to a minimum, but still face criticism for their assessment practices, WUFT reports.
PRINCIPAL CONCERNS: Manatee County School Board members raise yellow flags over the selection of an interim principal for the charter school that the district recently took over, the Bradenton Herald reports. They note the choice has a long discipline file, but district administrators said they had little time to find someone else.
SECURITY: State lawmakers call for changes in statute after learning a man who made threats against a Citrus County school cannot be prosecuted, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
SCHOOL CLOSING? The Polk County school district proposes shutting down aging Frostproof Elementary, saying the costs of repairs would be too high, the Ledger reports.
ACCUSATIONS: Sarasota County superintendent Todd Bowden accuses the woman who accused him of ignoring sexual harassment complaints of working with the teachers union to push him out, the Herald-Tribune reports.