Hurricane Michael: Hurricane Michael has claimed at least seven lives in the United States, and the first daylight look at areas hit show “unimaginable destruction,” according to Gov. Rick Scott. Mexico Beach and Panama City in Bay County were among the hardest hit. “So many lives have been changed forever,” says Scott. “So many families have lost everything.” Schools in at least nine Florida counties are closed again today. Bay County School Superintendent Bill Husfelt tweeted that he had little access to communications, but that “we will assess the damage & come up with a plan for reopening school soon.” Associated Press. News Service of Florida. Reuters. Florida Department of Education. Tallahassee Democrat. USA Today. Panama City News Herald. Associated Press. Tampa Bay Times. Miami Herald. Palm Beach Post. WFSU. WLRN. Education Week. Past disasters offer lessons for schools to get back online quickly. Education Week.
Contract impasse: The Volusia County School District declares an impasse in contract negotiations with the teachers union. It’s the third time in the past four years that an impasse has been declared. The two biggest issues are pay and the length of the elementary school day. The district was willing to offer 2.5 percent raises for each of the next three years, and the union agreed to extend the school day next year. But the raises depend on state funding, and approval of the length of the day hinges on the pay raises. A resolution now falls to the school board. Daytona Beach News-Journal.