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Florida education news: Student data, a bullying lawsuit, and Alberto Carvalho’s star power

A roundup of stories from around the state.
A research group has raised concerns that Florida's plan to track student social media usage and collect other data will compromise children's privacy.
A research group has raised concerns that Florida's plan to track student social media usage and collect other data will compromise children's privacy.
Published Oct. 11, 2019

STUDENT DATA: A think tank raises concerns about the amount of student information Florida is collecting in the name of improving school security, CNBC reports. The researchers say there’s no evidence that data-driven surveillance will prevent campus violence, but the invasion of children’s privacy is high.

SEW WHAT? A retired Pasco educator teaches students at a local charter school to sew, and sneaks in vocabulary, math and other lessons along the way.

ALBERTO’S WORLD: Miami-Dade County school superintendent Alberto Carvalho enters his second decade on the job, and has become his community’s most popular unelected official, the Miami Herald reports.

SUE YOU: A Suwannee County family sues the school district and a teacher, saying they are responsible for the bullying and suicide of their child, WCJB reports.

STUDENT RECORDS: Questions arise about how the Leon County school district accounts for students who withdraw from school, Tallahassee Reports reports.

AFTER EFFECTS: Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High suffer mental health struggles and poorer academic performance in the year after the mass murder there, Politico reports.

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: Lake County school leaders urge their legislative delegation to boost education funding in order to recruit and retain teachers, the Daily Commercial reports.

ADDED SUPPORT: After more than a year of asking, an alternative school for girls will get extra money from the Manatee County school district to help cover extra hours and improved salaries, the Bradenton Herald reports.

STILL FIGHTING: The Marion County School Board debates whether to keep paying for superintendent Heidi Maier’s personal attorney, who has been conducting some district business on Maier’s behalf, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. The board has indicated it will not hire Maier when it moves to its first appointed superintendent next year.

A STUDENT’S DEATH: A Palm Beach County mother blames her son’s school for his death, after he choked on his cafeteria lunch. The 19-year-old had disabilities, and the mom says the school ignored his mealtime needs, the Palm Beach Post reports. The medical examiner has ruled the death an accident.

HELPING HAND: A Collier County school support group awards dozens of teachers with classroom grants, the Naples Daily News reports.

CAREER EDUCATION: Potential employers raise concerns about the pending closure of a welding program in Putnam County, and urge First Coast Technical College to expand its offerings in nearby western St. Johns County, the St. Augustine Record reports.

BONUSES: Gulf County school district officials work out the details of how to distribute Best and Brightest bonuses under the state’s latest set of rules, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

BAD ACTS: A Gadsden County middle school teacher is arrested amid allegations that he used meth and cocaine before school, then passed out at a local Burger King during his lunch break, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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