SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Fifty-one candidates from near and far meet the deadline to apply for Hillsborough County schools superintendent. The hopefuls to run the nation’s seventh largest school district have a wide range of experiences. The district’s leader of its Achievement Schools isn’t one of them, though: She takes a job in North Carolina as the applicant list emerges.
WINTER BREAK: It’s almost time. What days do students and teachers have off? Here’s a list for Tampa Bay area schools, colleges and universities.
OCCUPIED: Students at Hernando County’s Springstead High School complain of a lack of privacy after the school has all its restroom doors removed, WFTS reports.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! A Sarasota businessman donates $350 to every member of the county school district’s instructional staff, SRQ Magazine reports.
BUS BEATING: A Hamilton County family posts a video of their son being beat up on a school bus, and say it happened because of the boy’s support for Donald Trump, Fox News reports.
CONFERENCE CLASH: Polk County schools superintendent Jacqueline Byrd gets support from her staff as one of her board members again criticizes Byrd’s decision to attend a conference run by Jeb Bush’s education foundation, the Ledger reports.
AT ODDS: The Broward Teachers Union declares its contract talks at impasse after receiving a pay proposal from the district that BTU officials said was ‘insulting,’ WLRN reports.
SPORTS EQUITY: Nine of 10 Volusia County high schools have inequitable participation of girls in their athletic programs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TEACHER TURNOVER: Lee County schools see their teacher turnover rate stabilize at about 25 percent a year, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DANCE CLASS: A Lake County high school establishes a full time dance academy, the Daily Commercial reports.
UNREPORTED THREAT: A Sarasota County mother wants to know why her son’s teacher did not report having heard another student threaten to shoot him until after the shooting occurred, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BAD ACTS: A Manatee County teacher resigns after admitting to having discussions about sex with a student, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TODAY: Economic Estimating Conference for PECO bond rates, 8:30 a.m., Tallahassee