Florida education news: Guns on campus, teacher pay, term limits and more
GUN LEGISLATION: A Florida House committee advances two NRA-supported bills that would ease restrictions on gun possession at schools and churches near schools. One bill would allow churches operating adjacent to schools to allow conceal carry, something that died a year ago. The other would allow adult gun owners to store guns in their cars while parked at schools, something districts currently can prohibit. More from the Sun-Sentinel.
SECURITY: An administrative judge rules that the Palm Beach County school district is responsible for providing armed guards to charter schools, a first impression ruling that could impact school districts statewide, News Service of Florida reports. • The Orange County School Board votes against having armed teachers in schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The FDLE approves a plan to create a Clay County school district police force, WJXT reports.
TERM LIMITS: A Florida Senate committee advances legislation to have voters determine whether to impose term limits on school board members across the state.
LET’S MAKE A DEAL: The Hernando County School Board and its newly appointed superintendent reach contract terms.
TEACHER PAY: Pasco County School Board members say they have a sense of urgency to make teacher salaries more competitive, after hearing a 20-year teacher made more a decade ago than today. • The Okaloosa County School Board decides not to award Best and Brightest bonuses to prekindergarten teachers, amid uncertainty whether the law makes them eligible, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
SCHOOL LEADERS: Teachers at Hillsborough County’s Edison Elementary ask the district not to transfer their principal. • Hillsborough’s Shields Middle gets a new principal. • Hillsborough officials say the district is struggling to get high quality principals to run its lowest-achieving schools, even as those schools makes strides to improve.
TESTING: Some Florida lawmakers continue their push to allow students to test in their native languages, Education Week reports.
ADMISSIONS SCAM: An IMG Academy director is implicated in a national college admission fraud case, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the NY Times.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? A Florida Senate committee backs legislation that would allow Florida State University to rename a law school building named after a Supreme Court justice who is considered a segregationist, News Service of Florida reports. Conservative Sen. Dennis Baxley mounted an unsuccessful opposition, saying society should not try to erase history, Florida Politics reports. • A Lake County elementary school names its cafeteria after its founding principal, who recently died, the Daily Commercial reports.
ANTI-SEMITISM: A Florida House committee gave its approval to a bill requiring schools and universities to treat anti-semitism as racism, Watchdog.org reports.
LABOR NEWS: Brevard County teachers and district officials will return to the table to resume contract talks after months at impasse, Florida Today reports.
PRIVATE SCHOOL WOES: A Martin County private school boarded students without proper licenses, TC Palm reports.
SCHOOL CLOSURES: The Bay County School Board officially closes three schools until further notice because of declining enrollment after Hurricane Michael, the Panama City News Herald reports.
HOSPITAL BUSINESS: The Citrus County School Board hears a proposal to have it take over the lease of a local hospital, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
START TIMES: The St. Johns County School Board agrees to change school start times for the next academic year, the St. Augustine Record reports.
MOVING ON: Miami Dade College prepares for the future without its president of 24 years, who is retiring, WLRN reports.
ENROLLMENT PROJECTIONS: Manatee County school district officials expect enrollment growth to taper off, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The Lee County school district will borrow $105 million to support the construction of two new schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach County dad is arrested on accusations of bringing a loaded gun to a middle school and threatening teachers, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The school went on lockdown as a result, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A Marion County teacher faces firing over alleged lewd sexual comments to a student, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • A Hillsborough County teen is arrested on accusations of providing liquid THC to two other students at their high school, WFLA reports.