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Florida dumped Common Core. Is the replacement really the best?

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva presents the state's second draft of academic standards revisions during an Oct. 17, 2019, session at Jefferson High School in Tampa. Gov. Ron DeSantis called for the effort in an executive order to remove the Common Core from Florida schools.
Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva presents the state's second draft of academic standards revisions during an Oct. 17, 2019, session at Jefferson High School in Tampa. Gov. Ron DeSantis called for the effort in an executive order to remove the Common Core from Florida schools. [ JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK | Times staff ]
Published Jun. 10, 2020|Updated Jun. 10, 2020

The Florida Department of Education called its new academic standards BEST. But does that mean they offer a national model for other states looking to get rid of the Common Core? Maybe not. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

Gov. Ron DeSantis promised Florida would have the best standards. An outside review suggests they’re rather weak.

USF trustees have a reopening plan. It includes masks in all enclosed shared spaces, such as classrooms.

The university also faces a challenge from its Black faculty and staff. Do more to end systemic racism, they say.

Who’s in charge here? Thirty-four Hillsborough County schools get new principals.

These struggling schools will get new oversight, too. The Hillsborough School Board has dumped one external operator in favor of another.

Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy Cory Zarcone, 28, talks to Aleigha Dziedzic, 5, right, during breakfast time in the cafeteria of Brooksville Elementary School in March 2018. School security was a major topic of conversation in Hernando County schools during the past school year, as it was across the state. Times (2018)
Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy Cory Zarcone, 28, talks to Aleigha Dziedzic, 5, right, during breakfast time in the cafeteria of Brooksville Elementary School in March 2018. School security was a major topic of conversation in Hernando County schools during the past school year, as it was across the state. Times (2018)

School districts in some states are removing police from their halls. After high profile campus shootings, though, places like Florida have requirements for armed security, Chalkbeat reports.

The Lee and Collier county school districts are rethinking their ties to a local food supplier. They’re not thrilled with the owner’s social media stance on COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter, the Naples Daily News reports.

The internet is forever. A University of Florida applicant’s acceptance is revoked after school officials learn of a racist social media post, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Miami-Dade County school officials found uneducated migrant children living in a squalid camp. They delivered outdoor summer learning for the youngsters, the Miami Herald reports.

International students’ status could be in trouble. Their visas usually require a set number of in-person classes, but those aren’t being offered at some universities, the News Service of Florida reports.

Is it time to go? The Flagler County school district offers an early retirement incentive for workers concerned about returning to campus, Flagler Live reports.

Three cheers for more girls’ sports. The FHSAA approved girls wrestling and sand volleyball for the new school year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. It also offered recommendations to improve summer conditioning sessions.

Distance learning showed the need for more internet access in rural Florida. Gov. DeSantis has signed a bill into law that aims to provide it, Florida Politics reports.

Taxing times. Charlotte County voters will consider extending a local sales tax that will help pay for school security, the Charlotte Sun reports.

Volusia County’s new superintendent has cancer. Scott Fritz says it shouldn’t affect his work, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Sarasota County’s School Board has picked five superintendent finalists. Do you know any of them, as reported by the Herald-Tribune?

From the police blotter. An Alachua County high school teacher is arrested on accusations of having sex with a student, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Miss a story? You can always take another look at yesterday’s roundup.

Before you go ... The Blake High School football team lost everything in a fire this spring. New Buccaneer Rob Gronkowski has something to say about that.

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