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Florida education news: School security, book bans, student shots and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Pinellas Sheriff's trainers line the back of the room Monday as more than 100 school security officers, or "guardians,"  began training -- part of the state's response to the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting. "You're going to be some people's last hope of a savior in the worst time," Sheriff's Lt. Greg Danzig told the recruits. "It's an unnecessary evil, but the people in this room are the ones that are going to do something about it." [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
Pinellas Sheriff's trainers line the back of the room Monday as more than 100 school security officers, or "guardians," began training -- part of the state's response to the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting. "You're going to be some people's last hope of a savior in the worst time," Sheriff's Lt. Greg Danzig told the recruits. "It's an unnecessary evil, but the people in this room are the ones that are going to do something about it." [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
Published Aug. 22, 2019

SPENDING: The Florida Board of Education calls on lawmakers to increase funding for school mental health services and armed security in its next education budget, the News Service of Florida reports. Outside the board’s meeting, Broward County teachers rallied for higher salaries and better funding of academic programs, WLRN reports.

TOO HOT: Pasco County’s Cotee River Elementary School enters its third day without air conditioning.

SECURITY: A private company paid to train Palm Beach County school guards did not meet statutory requirements, the News Service of Florida reports. The county sheriff says his agency will have to provide the training all over again, the Palm Beach Post reports.

GETTING THERE: The Citrus County school districts asks parents for patience as it works through overcrowded buses and slow routes, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • Martin County parents worry about their children’s safety as the school district no longer grandfathers in courtesy bus rides for those living closer than 2 miles from school, TC Palm reports.

BOOK CHALLENGE: The Marion County School Board rejects a tea party request to ban three titles from high schools, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

HIRING AND FIRING: The Escambia County School Board deletes a requirement for a super majority to fire its appointed superintendent, a position it has yet to fill, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

BOW YOUR HEADS: A pastor’s unexpected prayer to open the Flagler County School Board meeting draws a debate over whether the district plans to resume the religious practice it ended more than four decades ago, Flagler Live reports.

DREAM JOB: A Charlotte County educator follows her grandfather into the school district’s principal ranks, the Charlotte Sun reports.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: A Sarasota County school for children with disabilities struggles to fill dozens of teacher and paraprofessional jobs, the Herald-Tribune reports.

UN-BANNED: A Miami-Dade County teen wins a court order allowing him back onto the high school playing fields after having been banned, CBS Miami reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: KIPP expands in Miami with a new charter middle school, the Miami Times reports.

MENTAL HEALTH: St. Johns County students seek more mental health services than in the past after the district revamps its offerings, the St. Augustine Record reports. • The number of Florida students treated under the Baker Act soars to record numbers, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TAXES: The Duval County School Board looks for a compromise on sharing future sales tax funds with charter schools in an effort to break a deadlock over its request for a referendum, WJXT reports.

PORTABLES: Palm Beach County parents want to know why their children remain in portable classrooms as the district builds new schools and renovates others, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL SHOTS: The Flagler County School Board hesitates to allow the Department of Heath to provide HPV vaccinations in schools, the Palm Coast Observer reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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  9. Cocoa Police Department video shows A.J. Plonsky being taken to a mental health facility under the Florida Baker Act on his first day of middle school, August 10, 2018.  [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
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