School board politics, back to school supplies, busing and more

Patrick R. Gibbons

Appeal denied: Cheryl Salerno, the Maitland High School principal who gave 336 freshman fake AP tests, appeals the district’s decision to give her a letter of reprimand. Salerno claims the decision wasn’t hers and she didn’t know students could earn college credit from the AP exam. Her appeal was denied by the district. Daytona Beach News Journal.

Appointed board: Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry thinks the Duval County School Board and the superintendent should be elected positions. Florida Politics.

Back to school supplies: Despite more back-to-school supply giveaways parents are spending more than ever on school supplies. Tampa Bay Times.

Budget busters: Over budget and behind schedule, Broward has only repaired seven schools five-years after voters approved an $800 million tax referendum to fix old schools. The district now expects remaining repairs to cost an extra $436 million. Sun Sentinel.

Busing: Leon County School Board got an earful from parents angered on why the district’s busing policy broke-down. Tallahassee Democrat. Leon County School Board member admits busing issue was a “colossal failure” and that the board should have listened to bus drivers. Tallahassee Democrat. Santa Rosa County schools got off to a rocky start as several buses were late to pick up kids while others never showed up at all. Pensacola News Journal.

School security: Broward County Sheriff’s office opened a real time crime center that allows them to watch public school students and assess threats in real time. Bradenton Herald. Monroe County’s 8,000 public school students will see more sheriffs on campus this year. Miami Herald.

Charter troubles: After revoking the charter for Lincoln Memorial the district votes to increase the budget on the forensic audit on the school budget from $49,000 to $75,000. Meanwhile, parents at the school have become so enraged over the district’s decision to terminate the charter that the school board has ramped up security before meetings. Bradenton Herald. After Manattee County School Board took control of Lincoln Memorial Academy charter school and fired several certified teachers it is having trouble staffing the school. Positions will be filled by uncertified teachers for now. Sarasota Herald Tribune. A Pensacola Beach charter school denies two students from enrolling citing safety concerns. The children’s mother had previously made threats against the school. A judge ordered her to turn in her gun and required the charter to admit her children as students. The school is refusing to comply as they appeal the judges ruling. Pensacola News Journal.

Contract denied: Brevard teachers reject a new contract proposal. The contract would have given highly-effective teachers a 2.3 percent pay bump, allowed teachers to attend fewer meetings, donate sick days, and would require disruptive students who are removed from the classroom to stay out of the class longer. Florida Today.

Early learning: Hernando County school district approves $350,000 for early literacy and reading campaigns. Tampa Bay Times.

Fresh start: Hudson Elementary School gets a fresh start with a new principal but has only two years to get things turned around. Tampa Bay Times.

Gone viral: South Florida mom’s post a humorous back-to-school picture celebrating the new school year and it goes viral on Facebook. Sun Sentinel.

Kindergartners and kindness: Brevard area kindergartners designed a new logo to represent kindness and are currently pushing to have it adopted as a national symbol. Florida Today.

Superintendent search: Indian River County School Board approves a $23,000 contract with a firm to conduct a search for a new superintendent. TC Palm.

Tax flap: The Jacksonville City Council turns to the Florida Attorney General for clarification on whether it alone has the power on when to allow votes for school tax increases. Florida Politics. Jacksonville general council says city council does have the power to set when tax referendums take place. Florida Times-Union. The debate over whether a sales tax for schools should take place in 2019 or 2020 has been raging for months now. Florida Times-Union.

Traffic jam: Parents picking up their kids at a Palm City charter school caused an hour long traffic jam. The school is revising the pickup policy to get more cars off the road and to keep residential neighbors happy. TC Palm.

Opinions on schools: Teacher union president Fedrick Ingram says the teacher shortage is due to low-pay. Florida Phoenix. Florida’s teacher shortage may be related to low-pay and high regulations. Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel.

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