Florida schools roundup: Teachers unions, campaigns and more

Travis Pillow

Union certification challenge. The statewide teachers union has filed a lawsuit challenging union-certification provisions of HB 7055. The law passed earlier this year threatens the certification status of the state’s 13 school district bargaining units in which less than 50 percent of eligible members pay dues. WLRNWFSU. Bradenton Herald. Orlando Sentinel. GateHouse. News Service of Florida. Florida Politics.

Campaigns. How’s the money race among Sarasota school board contenders? Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Charter school support becomes an issue for a Hillsborough school board member seeking a state House seat. Tampa Bay Times.

School grades. Bay County school officials tout A-F improvements. Panama City News Herald. Duval County’s new superintendent defends civics practices in both her new and her former district. A shift led to fewer struggling seventh graders in certain schools taking the tests, which are a factor in school grades. Florida Times-Union.

Growth plans. A Manatee County charter school buys up neighboring properties to aid a future expansion. Bradenton Herald.

Class size. Broward County school administrators get disciplined for creating a fake class to comply with constitutional limits. Sun-Sentinel.

School safety. Volusia delays training for security officers under the state’s new Guardian program. Daytona Beach News-Journal. A range of citizens enlists as Guardians to help protect Pinellas County schools. Tampa Bay Times. Lawyers help divvy up millions of dollars from a GoFundMe campaign for Parkland shooting victims. Associated Press.

Collective bargaining. Volusia teachers representatives prepare to resume negotiations with the school district. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

School facilities. Bay County school officials show a citizen oversight panel where the money would go if a local tax gets renewed. Panama City News Herald.

School finances. Flager County’s school system largely hits its spending targets. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Citizens Academy. Pasco school officials create an immersive experience to educate the public about the inner workings of their district. Tampa Bay Times.

Student enrichment. An oyster bar hosts a reading camp for students in Title I schools. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. A growing jobs program provides summer internship opportunities for teens. WFSU. Blind students receive a sensory tour of the Miami Marlins’ baseball park. Miami Herald.

Donation. Lake County business owners chip in to support a school’s arts program. Daily Commercial.

Magnet-school students get scholarships. Female graduates get help paying for higher education. Miami Herald.

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