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Florida education news: School police, active shooter drills, and school naming rules

A roundup of stories from around the state.

SCHOOL POLICE: The Hernando County school district administration withdraws its proposal to create its own police force as a way to boost the number of officers protecting the schools. The county sheriff had opposed the idea. A handful of Florida school districts are turning to this concept of in-house police to meet the state’s school security requirements, The 74 reports. • The Duval County school district police department receives six grants to help increase campus security, WJXT reports.

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: The Hillsborough County School Board replaces the principal of Martinez Middle School, who was abruptly removed in September in relation to an in appropriate photo. • One of Pasco County’s longest serving principals retires.

COUNTING HEADS: Hillsborough County school district officials are preparing to help ensure as many students as possible are counted in the upcoming U.S. census. It matters because the results impact federal school funding.

CONTRACT TALKS: Pasco County’s school-related personnel will return to collective bargaining a month after the district presented a controversial pay raise plan. • The Indian River County School Board ends the impasse over 2018-19 contract negotiations by adopting the superintendent’s recommendations, TC Palm reports.

ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILLS: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission recommends reducing the number of required school active shooter drills, amid concerns that the higher number is traumatizing students, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from Associated Press. • The Pensacola News-Journal describes a recent active shooter drill at a Santa Rosa County school.

SCHOOL THREATS: The Public Safety Commission raises concerns over the way a judge handled a Baker County school threat, but members aren’t sure what they could recommend to lawmakers to prevent a repeat, the News Service of Florida reports. • Two national organizations criticize the state’s data collection system implemented to seek out school threats on the internet, WLRN reports.

SCHOOL DAYS: Many Volusia County middle school parents say they ‘hate’ the district’s schedule change, which has their children beginning classes at 9:30 a.m., the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

STUDENT THERAPY: The father of a Brevard County student with disabilities tells the School Board he will find a way to resume private therapy in school for his child, Florida Today reports. The district recently barred the type of therapy needed, based on a stricter interpretation of what the law allows.

CAREER EDUCATION: A state Senate committee advances legislation that would funnel some Job Growth Grant Fund money to ‘certain’ charter schools, Florida Politics reports.

MATH SCORES: Alachua County school district officials seek answers for a decline in students’ performance on state algebra and geometry exams, WUFT reports.

AUDIT REPORT: A recent audit raises red flags about a Palm Beach County charter school’s financial operations, the Palm Beach Post reports.

EARLY EDUCATION: A proposal to convert an historic Polk County home into a preschool draws criticism and support, the Ledger reports.

NAME GAME: A Lee County school naming advisory committee flags several recommendations as not meeting all district criteria, despite their popularity, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Volusia County School Board narrows its candidate list for its next superintendent, the Palm Beach Post reports.

IN COURT: A former Palm Beach County school district technology specialist could soon settle her case accusing the district of wrongful termination, the Palm Beach Post reports.

HEADED TO COURT? The Sarasota County School Board anticipates a lawsuit stemming from a pending investigation report into an employee’s accusations that her sexual harassment complaints went ignored, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, 8:30 a.m., Champion’s Gate • Senate Education Appropriations, 1:30 p.m. • House PreK-12 Innovation, 3 p.m. • Florida standards review listening session, 5:30 p.m., Collier County school district office

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

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