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Florida education news: Teacher pay, school crowding and a special ed investigation

A roundup of stories from around the state.

TEACHER PAY: Florida schools districts stand to receive millions of dollars in added funding to support Gov. Ron DeSantis’ teacher pay proposals. The state has broken down the amount by county, the News Service of Florida reports. Part of the money could come from deleting the current Best and Brightest bonus system. The state Senate Education Committee is slated to hold the first hearing on ending the model next week, the News Service of Florida reports. Of course, the governor does not intend to do away with bonuses completely, as they a different form of the same idea remains in his $900 million plan, WFSU reports.

OVERFLOW: Pasco County’s Odessa Elementary school grows so large that the school district needs to secure added parking and classroom space to hold all the students.

LEADERSHIP: Pasco’s Mittye P. Locke Elementary gets a new principal.

UNDER SCRUTINY: The Sarasota County school district’s special education program comes under state review amid allegations students were improperly placed into programs to avoid using their test scores in accountability ratings, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FUTURE TEACHERS: The Lee County school district gets added funds to support scholarships for students who plan to attend local colleges and return to teaching in the district, WINK reports. The program helps the district combat its teacher shortage, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

MISSED MESSAGE: Turnout is low for four Palm Beach County school district parent town halls on the dangers of vaping, sexting and bullying, WPEC reports.

SECURITY: Students at Duval County’s Terry Parker High School will face added security measures after a schoolmate is arrested on allegations of bringing a loaded gun to campus, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A new charter middle-high school is poised for approval by the Lake County School Board, the Daily Commercial reports.

OVERDOSE RESPONSE: A Florida lawmaker proposes providing schools with a drug to reverse opioid overdoses among students, whom he says are the most overlooked victims of the national opioid crisis, WLRN reports.

BAD ACTS: A Brevard County high school teacher is arrested on accusations of having sexual contact with a student in school, Florida Today reports. • A Sarasota County student is arrested on allegations of stabbing another student on a school bus, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup