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Florida education news: YouTubers, tank tops, bats and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
The DeLucio family of Trinity toured the Mitchell High School campus and showed the visit on their YouTube channel, which has more than 1 million subscribers. Many parents, students and school officials were not amused. [YouTube]
The DeLucio family of Trinity toured the Mitchell High School campus and showed the visit on their YouTube channel, which has more than 1 million subscribers. Many parents, students and school officials were not amused. [YouTube]
Published Aug. 29, 2019

YOUTUBERS ON CAMPUS: A family whose YouTube channels attract more than a million subscribers makes videos inside two Pasco County schools, raising the hackles of some parents, students and others who worry their safety is compromised. School district officials plan to take steps to ensure such activities don’t occur again.

NOT A JOKE: Hillsborough County school district and law enforcement leaders warn students that hoax school threats still carry heavy consequences.

PLANNING: Hillsborough County school district, county and city officials meet together to discuss how joint development planning can help improve school safety and infrastructure concerns.

GETTING THERE: The Hillsborough County school district calls on state lawmakers to revise the law governing hazardous walking conditions to schools, saying the current rule is outdated and not in the best interest of students, WFTS reports.

DRESS CODE: A Nassau County family pushes back after the local elementary school tells their 9-year-old daughter to cover up because her tank top was distracting boys, Yahoo reports.

HURRICANE SEASON: School districts on Florida’s Atlantic coast prepare for Hurricane Dorian, TC Palm reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A state hearing looks into whether a Manatee County teacher should lose his certification amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TAX BATTLE: The Duval County School Board hires outside legal counsel to help it fight the City Council’s refusal to place a district sales tax referendum before voters, the Florida Times-Union reports. The city’s attorney, who advises all aspects of the unified charter government, says the district is out of line with its action. • The Clay County School Board decides to wait until 2020 for its sales tax referendum, Clay Today reports.

SECURITY: The Palm Beach County School Board votes to sue the private company it hired to train school security guards, after reports that the firm’s training was not effective, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Company officials say the district is to blame for its failures, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DATA BREACH: Marion County students were affected by a major data breach of testing company Pearson’s systems, the Arizona Education News Service reports.

GROWTH: The Walton County school district sees a record number of students — just over 10,000, the DeFuniak Herald reports. • Palm Beach County schools see enrollment approach 197,000, with the most crowded campuses experiencing some of the biggest gains, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BATS IN THE BELFRY: Bats roosting at the top of a Marion County school’s administration building prompt the relocation of students and staff, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

ALL APOLOGIES: Marion County School Board members apologize for the way several employees were treated as they were forcibly transferred out of their school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

LIABILITY: The Florida Supreme Court will decide how much the Broward County school district is liable to pay over the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting, the News Service of Florida reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Santa Rosa County school district prepares to construct its first new school in a decade, after five years of planning, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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