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Florida education news: Taxes, community schools, athletic trainers and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Supporters back a Hernando County school sales tax referendum in 2015. Voters in other counties soon could be deciding sales and property tax increases to support their schools.
Published Aug. 21

TAXES: The Pinellas County School Board makes plans to ask voters to renew a local property tax increase that supports teacher salaries and classroom programs such as art. Officials say they have no problem with a new state law requiring districts to share funding with charter schools. • Duval County commission and school district officials continue to debate whether the district should be allowed to hold a sales tax referendum in November, Florida Politics reports. More from the Florida Times-Union. • The Polk County School Board begins discussing whether to seek voter support for a higher property tax rate, the Ledger reports.

ENROLLMENT: Hillsborough County district schools see their student numbers dip, while charter schools grow.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: The Hillsborough County School Board takes steps to get more campuses involved with their communities and to offer more outside services.

ATHLETIC TRAINERS: A Pasco County high school athletic trainer shares her work day, as surrounding districts move to employ full-time trainers in the wake of a student’s death at a summer practice session.

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Six Hillsborough County schools get new principals.

SECURITY: The Broward County School Board takes over a local charter school over its failure to provide proper campus security, WPLG reports. • The Martin County school district will focus on parents as it seeks to improve online security and behavior, TC Palm reports.

TRAVEL EXPENSES: A Broward County School Board member changes her conference hotel plans after being questioned about the $480-per-night cost, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

RENOVATIONS: The Florida Department of Education clears the path for the Alachua County school district to demolish 16 buildings as part of a school renovation project, the Gainesville Sun reports.

NO JOKE: Another Florida teen faces felony charges for making what he called “joke” threat against a school, the Associated Press reports.

MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE: A Marion County high school English teacher replaces classroom desks with couches, hoping it will help students collaborate and learn, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A Marion County elementary school has gone through two waves of employee replacements as it aims to improve its student performance, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

HEALTH CARE: Schools in six north Florida counties install “telehealth” portals to provide counseling services to students, Florida Politics reports.

FIGHTING BACK: The Leon County school district takes an aggressive stance to push back against false social media statements about its schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

CLOSER LOOK: The Sarasota County School Board expands the scope of its sexual harassment investigation of a top administrator, to include a review of the accuser and her connections to the local teachers union, the Herald-Tribune reports.

STEPPING DOWN: A Flagler County School Board member announces he will resign his seat to seek a position on the County Commission, Flagler Live reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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