Charter schools: The Schools of McKeel Academy board takes no formal action against the charter’s superintendent following an investigation into employee grievances. The Ledger.
Magnet schools: Duval County Public Schools strikes out on a $12 million federal grant that would have helped create five new magnet schools. Part of the reason was due to the district’s desire to create two single gender schools. Florida Times-Union. A Lee County high school teams up with Chico’s to create the Cambridge AICE Art and Design program. Fort Myers News-Press.
Digital learning: The first phase of a $63 million rollout of digital equipment in Miami-Dade schools is pushed back. Miami Herald. Pinellas County School Board members vote unanimously to hire a new technology chief and change the job’s qualifications simultaneously, without any discussion. The Tampa Tribune.
Fun and math: A baseball themed math game endorsed by Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. could be a new teaching tool in Manatee County Schools. Bradenton Herald.
School safety: The Polk County Sheriff’s Office partners with the school district, assigning a captain to oversee the Safe Schools program. The Ledger.
Pay raises: Collier County school support employees are upset about proposed raises that are less than what teachers will receive. Naples Daily News.
Start times: High school start times in Okaloosa County likely won’t change anytime soon. Northwest Florida Daily News.
Deaths: Lou Eassa, a former Palm Beach County School Board member from 1978 to 1986, dies during a cruise to Panama. He was 74. Palm Beach Post.