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Florida education news: Campus videos, social media monitoring, school fights and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Florida schools increasingly are monitoring students' social media for potential threats.
Published Sep. 13

GET PERMISSION: The Pasco County school district proposes new policies to curtail campus visitors’ video recording of others in the schools without their express consent. Such a rule already applies to students and staff. The district is revising its rules after a family made a video of its campus tour and posted it on YouTube for its 1.1 million subscribers to see.

FIGHTING WORDS: Six students are arrested, and two others hospitalized, after several fights break out at Hillsborough County’s Middleton High. • Sarasota County school district police investigate a fight between a high school student and faculty member, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Several students are disciplined after a video surfaces showing a Polk County K-8 school student being beaten in a locker room, WKMG reports. More from the Ledger.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Former Hillsborough School Board member Sally Harris explains why she wants another term. “I loved it,” said Harris, who told reporters in 2014 she wanted to serve just one term.

VAPING: State Rep. Jackie Toledo files legislation to restrict teen use of vaping, a problem several school districts across Florida have said is growing.

GET CHECKED: A Pasco County family sings the praises of mandatory school sports physicals after their son’s heart condition is revealed.

SOMEBODY’S WATCHING: Florida schools lead the nation in tracking students’ online activities in an effort to capture potential threats, NPR reports. • A Miami-Dade County private school student is suspended after recording a video that included threats against three other schools, the Miami Herald reports.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Broward County schools get ‘stop the bleed’ kits to help tend to gunshot victims while awaiting emergency crews, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Growing northern Manatee County gets a new charter school, serving students alongside two new district schools in the area, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Vinik Family Foundation donates $5 million to boost the entrance of IDEA charter schools into the Tampa Bay area, Redefined reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The next Indian River County superintendent will earn about $175,000 a year, TC Palm reports.

BROKEN BATHROOM: The Bay County school district explains plans to demolish a Bay High restroom in poor condition, after a student posts videos showing unflushed toilets, broken sinks and other problems, the Panama City News Herald reports.

RETIRED: A Palm Beach County teacher who fought district efforts to fire him is allowed to retire, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High assistant principal, accused of failing to properly handle issues related to the 2018 school shooting, retires early, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Brevard County students may now use medical marijuana in school, under certain conditions, as part of a set of new policies adopted by the School Board, Florida Today reports.

GROWTH: The Santa Rosa County school district purchases a 63-acre lot in a high growth areas with an eye toward building two new schools there, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup


  1. The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
    Legislators who were critical of the original plan say a new approach revealed Thursday is more in line with their expectations.
  2. Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva presents the state's second draft of academic standards revisions during an Oct. 17, 2017, session at Jefferson High School in Tampa. Gov. Ron DeSantis called for the effort in an executive order to remove the Common Core from Florida schools. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times staff
    ‘Our third draft will look different from our second,’ the chancellor explains.
  3. Meaghan Leto, (center facing street), a speech therapist from Twin Lakes Elementary, protests over pay with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association outside of a School Board meeting.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  4. Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff Writer
    As expected, the union rejected the district’s plan to add work for middle and high school teachers in exchange for more money.
  5. Pinellas County teachers and their allies rallied at major intersections in 2012 to protest legislative proposals. [Jim Damaske, Times]
    Details are still scant, but the House’s tone was one of being fiscally cautious as they evaluate DeSantis’ pitch to raise base teacher pay.
  6. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2018) Hernando County School District office, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville
    Hernando County debates the pros and cons of superintendent John Stratton’s recommendation.
  7. The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    A new proposal also aims to strengthen programs at the university’s St. Petersburg and Sarasota locations.
  8. Fifth grade teacher Michelle Brandon is one of four Hudson Elementary School teachers to be removed after two weeks of classes because of her state VAM score. Here she reviews classroom rules with students on the first day of school 2019. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  9. [SKIP O'ROURKE   | Times]
    It’s unclear if there will be any proposed changes to this method for measuring teachers’ impact on their students’ performance, despite complaints.
  10. A deputy's Sig Sauer P320, similar to this Glock 19, discharged in the cafeteria of a Wesley Chapel school April 30. The bullet lodged in the wall behind him. The deputy has been fired.
    Cpl. Jonathan Cross was lifting his pistol up and down out of its holster when it went off, Sheriff Chris Nocco said.