Sunday, September 23, 2018

Florida education news: School security, civics testing, superintendents and more

A LITTLE HELP HERE?: A Pasco County family asks school principals to help sell its home after seeing that a recent attendance zone adjustment has made potential buyers less interested.

SECURITY: The Broward County school district faces continued questioning over the way it handled issues that led to the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This time, people are raising concerns over the district's threat assessment model that did little to snag shooter Nikolas Cruz, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • All candidates running for Manatee County School Board agree that school security efforts must extend beyond adding guards, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A committee reviewing the Parkland shooting suggests schools need better alternative discipline programs, TC Palm reports. • The Marion County school district puts off its plans for a new headquarters so it can spend the money on hardening schools instead, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Alachua County's sheriff asks the school district to pay a larger share of the cost to place officers in schools, WUFT reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Brevard County School Board inks a deal with its next superintendent, Florida Today reports.

CIVICS: Some Duval County residents accuse groups that alleged the district cheated on the state civics exam of "old-fashioned racism," the Florida Times-Union reports.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: Florida sees an increase in the number of certified teachers in the state, Miami Today reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Bay County parents want to know why the principal of their school is replaced with a first-time principal even after the school earned a C grade from the state, WJHG reports.

LABOR NEWS: Volusia County teachers get no closer to a contract deal with the district during a round of negotiations, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Unable to close down a troubled charter school, the Palm Beach County school district decides to stop sending the charter any money until a court can decide its fate, the Palm Beach Post reports.

VOUCHERS: Funding will be delayed for the state's new scholarships for students who claim they are bullied in school, the News Service of Florida reports.

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

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Florida education news: Football, mental health, accountability and more

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Following the money: Referendum and AC materials

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Mental health provider that evaluated Nikolas Cruz picked to service charter schools

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Gradebook podcast: DeSantis vs. Gillum and the future of Florida education policy

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Florida education news: Teacher pay, Red Tide, campaign contributions and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, Red Tide, campaign contributions and more

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Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

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