TRY AGAIN: Florida lawmakers don’t like what they see in the University of South Florida’s consolidation plan. They say it violates state law by taking authority away from the school’s St. Petersburg and Sarasota campuses.
GUNS ON CAMPUS: A Pinellas County parent is arrested on accusations of bringing a gun to his child’s elementary school.
SCHOOL SAFETY: Okaloosa County schools will receive more than $1 million in security upgrades, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Questions and concerns surround Florida’s new school safety database, WLRN reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie gets his worst ever job evaluation, with some board members giving him ‘unsatisfactory’ ratings, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • The Duval County legislative delegation will look into proposed changes to how the school district selects its superintendent, Florida Politics reports.
EXODUS: Many students never returned to their Panhandle school districts after Hurricane Michael, the News Service of Florida reports.
LET THE MUSIC PLAY: Disney donates $20,000 to help a Lake County high school replace musical instruments destroyed by a fire, WKMG reports.
GUARDIANS: The Florida Department of Education is not tracking which school districts will allow teachers to volunteer as armed guardians, the News Service of Florida reports.
START TIMES: The Orange County school district continues its discussions over whether to change the hours that high schools operate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TERM LIMITS: State Rep. Anthony Sabatini revives legislation seeking to limit school board members to two consecutive terms in office, the News Service of Florida reports.
GPA RIGGING: A Volusia County high school, where the principal was removed amid allegations she offered fake classes for athletes, is forced to stop labeling all core courses as “honors” to give students a GPA boost, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
OUSTED: An Alachua County principal with a history of turning around struggling schools is forced out of her elementary school because of its state grade, the Gainesville Sun reports.
WALKING AWAY: A Broward County assistant principal decides to retire rather than fight allegations she struck a student, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ACQUITTED: Two Sarasota County school district employees are acquitted in trials accusing them of child abuse, leaving the parents and students who brought the allegations confused, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BAD ACTS: A Clay County high school janitor is arrested on allegations that he placed a camera in the girls locker room to record students undressing, the Florida Times-Union reports.