Florida education news: Student walkouts, security, constitutional amendments and more

STUDENT PROTESTS: Aiming to keep their gun control and school safety message alive, high school students around the Tampa Bay area and Florida will hold another class walkout in memory of the 1999 Columbine shooting. “After Parkland, I’ve felt so much more empowered than I’ve ever felt before,” St. Petersburg High student Taylor Redington said. More from Bradenton HeraldDaytona Beach News-Journal

SECURITY: Pinellas County schools prepare to adopt a violence prevention programcreated by families of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting. • Palm Beach County school district leaders say they won’t offer employee raises in order to cover mandated new security measures, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Palm Beach schools speed long-planned security improvements, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LET THE CAMPAIGN BEGIN: A three-pronged proposal to amend the education portion of the Florida Constitution gets its tag — Amendment 8 — as the battle over its content continues.

FUNDING: The Florida Education Association calls on lawmakers to find more money for public education before the next fiscal year begins in July. • The Marion County School Board keeps its impact fee moratorium in place for the eighth year, the Ocala Star-Bannerreports.

IN COURT: A Leon County judge issues his formal order dismissing school districts’ complaint against HB 7069, the News Service of Florida reports. He made his ruling earlier in the month.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Santa Rosa County school district unveils plans for a new $37 million K-8 school, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Leaders of a Brevard County charter school must decide next steps after the School Board decides to terminate the charterFlorida Today reports.

MICROMANAGEMENT? Marion County superintendent Heidi Maier tells School Board members to stop bullying her staff, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

HEAD START: A Duval County high school graduates its first seniors from its advanced manufacturing programand makes plans to expand the model, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GET INVOLVED: A Broward County middle school program aimed at involving students who are isolated or whose grades are slipping gets a $3 million infusion, WLRN reports.

LABOR NEWS: Sarasota County teacher union leaders complain that the School Board approved higher raises for administrators than educators, the Herald-Tribune reports.




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