A couple hundred Hillsborough County students took on the challenge of considering what, if anything, Florida should do about climate change. Their answers varied, but most agreed that action is needed — even if it means mass mobilization as the world has done to combat Covid-19. Read on for that and more Florida education news.
Doing nothing is not an option. Top Hillsborough County seniors write compelling essays about how to protect Florida from the effects of a changing climate.
‘Nobody has any clue right now.’ That’s the status of high school football for the fall.
Free meals can continue through August. The Florida Department of Agriculture has received extensions on waivers granting flexibility on the child nutrition program, WTVY reports.
At least one school captured attention for its activity while closed. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers practiced at Tampa’s Berkeley Prep, and we got pictures.
Florida school districts continue to ponder what fall classes will look like. Manatee County superintendent Cynthia Saunders has a blended model in mind, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Duval County school district is surveying parents for ideas, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Orange County parents also are getting questionnaires about their reopening thoughts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
These graduations are now on track. Literally. Eight Alachua County high schools are headed to the Gainesville Raceway, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Surprise! A Volusia County community gives a special celebration to a high school senior with a terminal illness, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Ringing in the senior class. Miami-Dade County high school juniors get a different kind of ceremony to signify their rise to the top of the heap, the Miami Herald reports.
Who said that? Law enforcement is investigating how student and teacher online accounts with a Leon County middle school were hacked with inappropriate comments, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
‘Disharmony has become a major roadblock.’ So Polk County’s superintendent since 2016 is stepping down next February, the Ledger reports.
Putnam County doesn’t have such issues. The School Board there has granted its superintendent extended emergency powers, the Palatka Daily News reports.
They won’t back down. Indian River County commissioners insist the school district hold a sales tax referendum in November rather than August as requested, TC Palm reports.
Teacher pay raises lose a supporter. State Sen. Kevin Rader, a Palm Beach County Democrat, announces he won’t seek reelection, the Palm Beach Post reports.
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Before you go ... It’s time for another high school’s Zoom musical performance. The amount of time and effort it takes to pull all the musicians together, and edit them into a seamless video that sounds good, is rather astounding. Milton High School even added the color guard for its version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Good stuff.
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