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Florida education news: School safety concerns, teacher crowdfunding and AP testing

A roundup of stories from around the state.

SCHOOL SECURITY: The Hernando County School Board will consider establishing its own police force to patrol schools. Officials say they could afford more coverage under the proposed model than with its current system of using sheriff’s deputies as resource officers. • A drunk man with a knife in his pocket walks into a Volusia County high school, revealing flaws in the campus security system, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: The Pasco County school district looks into increasing substitute teacher pay as it struggles to fill classrooms when teachers are absent.

CROWDFUNDING: Pasco County teachers soon might have to get advance approval before turning to donation websites for extra classroom supplies.

MAKING MOVIES: Students at Hernando County’s Nature Coast High make a fourth straight appearance in a selective national filmmaking competition.

SUPERINTENDENT SELECTION: The Jacksonville City Council opposes a legislative proposal to convert the Duval County school superintendent job to an elected post, Florida Politics reports. • The Flagler County School Board aims to speed up its superintendent search, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

IN COURT: An Osceola County family files a federal lawsuit against the school district, claiming their 10-year-old son with autism was handcuffed and put in a police patrol car after running away from school staff, WKMG reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A Pinellas County teacher announces her bid for a School Board seat, Florida Politics reports.

HIGH MARKS: Lake County superintendent Diane Kornegay gets another strong evaluation from her School Board, the Daily Commercial reports.

TESTING: Volusia County students who take AP and IB courses but then don’t sit for the exams would lose some of the course weighting that boosts their grade-point averages, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

AFTER SCHOOL: The Gadsden County school district cancels its after-school programs because of a lack of funding, WFSU reports.

BACK PAY: A charter school management company that operates in south Florida is caught violating the federal law governing overtime, the Miami Herald reports.

CONTRACT TALKS: Brevard County teachers reach a deal on salaries with the school district, Florida Today reports. It provides teachers their biggest raise in four years. • Two Sarasota County School Board members accuse a board colleague of leaking district bargaining strategy to the teachers union, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HEART SCREENINGS: All Brevard County student-athletes will be required to undergo a heart screening before participating, Space Coast Daily reports.

BACK TO WORK: An Orlando police officer who improperly arrested two 6-year-olds at a charter school returned to his post before being removed, despite statements that he had been immediately suspended, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

STEM LESSONS: A Volusia County elementary school focuses on critical thinking skills with hands-on science and math lessons, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BAD ACTS: Two Broward County teachers accused of violent acts against students have their certification suspended, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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