Florida education news: School closures, sales taxes, achievement gap and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published November 8 2018

SCHOOL CHOICE: Election wins by supporters of tax credit scholarships, charter schools and open enrollment prompt advocates to declare school choice the winner of Florida's Election Night.

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: In one week, the Pasco County school district has recommended shutting down three elementary schools. Parents at Mittye P. Locke Elementary question why the administration would consider closing the school with the highest academic performance in the area. Parents from Lacoochee Elementary offer alternatives as the staff explains its idea to the School Board.

TAXES: Hillsborough County school district leaders find the winning approach to gaining support for their sales tax increase proposal in just 10 weeks.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Leaders of Pinellas County's effort to overcome the academic achievement gap between black and other students say more supports outside the academics are needed.

LANGUAGE LESSONS: A Pasco County teacher helps children in China learn English while sitting in her Land O'Lakes home.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Marion County school district officials work to figure out who's in charge now that voters have done away with the elected superintendent position, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Duval County charter school applicant fails to convince the School Board to approve its request, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A dual-language charter school wins approval to open in Sarasota County, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ELECTION MILESTONE: Polk County voters elect Florida's first openly lesbian School Board member, Florida Politics reports.

AFTER MICHAEL: Gulf County schools are steadily returning to more normal activity after Hurricane Michael hit, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

BAD ACTS: A Manatee County teacher is fired after being arrested on allegations of soliciting a child for sex, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TODAY: The Florida Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the 2009 Citizens for Strong Schools education funding adequacy lawsuit. The court convenes at 9 a.m. Watch on The Florida Channel. Here's some background.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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