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School search, newly hired teachers and the latest security recommendations


SCHOOL CHOICE: The 2020-21 school year remains months away. But the time to apply for specialty programs, open enrollment and other choice options is about to begin. Schools have begun to showcase what they have available for families to consider.

NAEP RESULTS: Hillsborough County schools, one of three Florida districts to participate in the urban district assessment section of NAEP, fits in with a group of districts rating ‘above basic’ on the results.

TEACHER BONUSES: Lacking a state definition, the Pasco County school district prepares to decide for itself what ‘newly hired teacher’ means for purposes of distributing state funded ‘recruitment’ bonuses.

TEACHER MINIMUM PAY: Gov. Ron DeSantis says his pay raise proposal would boost Florida’s minimum teacher salary to second in the nation, but it’s really more like fourth, Fresh Take Florida reports.

SCHOOL SECURITY: The state’s public school safety commission approves its next set of recommendations, including increased funding for school mental health services, the News Service of Florida reports.

ACT SCORES: Florida teens’ average ACT score rises slightly as fewer students sit for the college entry exam, Florida Phoenix reports.

VAPING LAWSUIT: Citrus County school district leaders are hesitant to join a lawsuit seeking damages from a vaping manufacturer, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

HAZING INVESTIGATION: The father of a Seminole County teen says his son was ‘blindsided’ by allegations of unwanted touching and other activities in the high school football locker room, WFTV reports.

NAME GAME: Lee County residents haven’t changed their minds in a second round of voting to name the district’s next high school, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

DISMISSED: A federal judge dismisses a wrongful death lawsuit brought against the Lee County school district by the family of a teen who died of heat-related illness after a high school football summer training session, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

BAD ACTS: An Osceola County teacher is arrested on allegations he slammed a student into a wall and to the ground, WFTV reports. • Two Polk County teens are arrested on accusations of bringing BB guns to school, the Ledger reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup



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