EARLY EDUCATION: The state of prekindergarten and other early learning programs in Florida is on tap to get a closer look by lawmakers in the 2020 legislative session, as the House Education committee makes the topic its first order of business in pre-session meetings.
ENROLLMENT DECLINES: Several Hillsborough County elementary schools see drops in student numbers, although campuses in the southeastern part of the district continue to grow.
CAREER EDUCATION: The Pasco County school district continues to search for a career-technical education director as it aims to give higher priority to the programs.
SCHOOL ATTACK: A Polk County family has questions about how their son was brutally attacked in school, and what is being done to protect children. They say they’ve received few answers.
NO JOKE: The state Department of Juvenile Justice launches a campaign to remind students and parents that making threats against schools carries severe consequences, TC Palm reports.
CIVICS: Florida leads the nation in the resurgence of civics education, offering examples of how to make it work but also about the limitations in testing the standards, Education Week reports.
BOARD PAY: Broward and Palm Beach county school board members face a pay cut as their districts belatedly implement state law saying that member salaries may not exceed those of first-year teachers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Volusia Count school district receives 15 completed applications for its superintendent vacancy, including from several local educators, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Palm Beach County superintendent Donald Fennoy faces his first performance evaluation, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Sarasota County superintendent Todd Bowden receives an overall ‘highly effective’ rating from his board, despite strong negative marks from some members, the Herald-Tribune reports.
TAXES: The Duval County School Board joins forces with the local teachers union to sue the Jacksonville City Council to force a district sales tax referendum, which the council has blocked, the Florida Times-Union reports. A group of Duval parents filed a similar suit the day before.
NEGOTIATIONS: Brevard County teacher representatives walk out of contract talks after the district officials reject most of their pay demands, Florida Today reports.
BUDGETS: The Alachua County School Board approves a spending plan with a tax rate increase, the Gainesville Sun reports.
FUNDING: State Sen. Janet Cruz files legislation to allow school districts that do not employ guardians to use that dedicated revenue source on other security expenses, Florida Politics reports. • State Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. refiles legislation to give senior citizens a break on local school taxes, Florida Politics reports.
OVERSIGHT: An organization that helps people with disabilities find jobs faces continued scrutiny by the state Department of Education, which has demanded changes in the group amid allegations of misuse of funding, the News Service of Florida reports.
LET THE MUSIC PLAY: Citrus High School’s new band director finds ways to nearly double student participation, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
REBUILDING: The Bay County school district breaks ground for a new gym at Jinks Middle School, which became a symbol of the devastation from Hurricane Michael, the Panama City News Herald reports.
CONCURRENCY: A member of the Orange County Charter Review Commission proposes a charter amendment to require new schools if an existing campus is chronically overcrowded, Florida Politics reports.