‘NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE’: As Florida lawmakers approach their 2020 session, they’re looking for ways to shift millions of dollars so they can increase teacher pay. The GOP leadership doesn’t want to raise taxes, but they are taking a look at all areas of the budget, House PreK-12 Appropriations chairman Rep. Chris Latvala says in our latest Gradebook podcast.
TOP TEACHERS: Three Pasco County teachers are named finalists for the district’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. • Fifteen Duval County educators are semifinalists for their county’s annual award, the Florida Times-Union reports.
UNION LAWSUIT: The Florida Education Association drops its legal challenge to the recent state law forcing teacher union recertification if membership drops below a certain level, the News Service of Florida reports.
HANDS-ON CIVICS: State Rep. Ben Diamond, a Pinellas County Democrat, refiles legislation to boost students’ civics lessons with participatory projects, Florida Politics reports. Improved civics instruction has been a priority of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
LANGUAGE LEARNERS: The number of English language learners in Florida schools is on the rise. Two experts offer strategies for teachers to better help these students achieve in school, WMFE reports.
REPAIR? OR REPLACE?: The Manatee County School Board must decide what to do with a 26-year-old elementary school that has multiple maintenance and structural problems, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CONTRACT TALKS: The Indian River Education Association rejects a tentative contract offer from 2018-19, TC Palm reports. • Orange County teachers resume contract talks with the district, WKMG reports.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Three finalists for Volusia County superintendent continue to make the rounds as the School Board nears its selection decision, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TENSIONS MOUNT: The Marion County School Board and superintendent keep fighting, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Martin County School Board nears completion of a required medical marijuana policy, TC Palm reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: Five Jacksonville area teachers are disciplined by the state for their inappropriate actions, including DUI and sending nude photos, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SARASOTA SCANDAL: Sarasota County superintendent Todd Bowden says he doesn’t think he should lose his job over a sexual harassment investigation, but even some of his supporters are abandoning him, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BAD COSTUME CHOICE: A Broward County school district administrator is on notice after a photo of her in a raunchy Halloween costume she wore to work surfaces on social media, the Miami Herald reports.