Funding, permission slips, report cards and more
FUNDING: A state Senate committee advances legislation that would limit education property taxes for some senior citizens. The measure is scaled back significantly from its original version before getting a unanimous vote. • Senate PreK-12 Appropriations chair Kelli Stargel pushes to make education funding information more accessible to the public, the Ledger reports.
DATA REPORTS: The Florida Department of Education unveils a new searchable website filled with school, district and state data.
PERMISSION SLIPS: The Pasco County School Board will not require parental permission for students to participate in clubs.
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Hernando County school district leaders examine gaps in academic performance among student groups and offer recommendations to improve upon them. Hernando’s Weeki Wachee High relies on data reviews to make gains in its graduation rate and other key measures.
HE STAYS: Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie survives a School Board vote to oust him, after a lengthy hearing in which most public speakers supported him, the Miami Herald reports. The vote highlighted a deeply divided board, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from Associated Press.
AFTER THE STORM: Bay County school district leaders are still waiting for the Department of Education to respond to their request for a state testing waiver tied to Hurricane Michael’s impact, WJHG reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Duval County School Board narrowly rejects a charter school application after the superintendent raises concerns about the school’s diversity plans, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PROPERTY SALE: A state investigation finds Putnam County school district officials acted illegally in selling a district property, WTLV reports.
ABSENTEEISM: Palm Beach County schools see student absenteeism decline after they begin using strategies from Harvard University experts, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BUS SAFETY: A Polk County family calls for improved school bus driver and aide training a year after their disabled daughter died on a bus ride, the Ledger reports.
SUSPENDED SUPERINTENDENT: The Florida Supreme Court agrees to hear Okaloosa County superintendent Mary Beth Jackson’s appeal of her governor-ordered suspension, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
SCHOOL SHOTS: Leon County school officials stress their vaccination rules as measles outbreaks occur in other parts of the nation, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
NO ZONING: A troubled St. Lucie County private school is barred from relocating to a Martin County apartment complex, TC Palm reports.
GUNS ON CAMPUS: A Broward County teen is arrested for having a pellet gun at school, the Miami Herald reports. • An Osceola County teen is arrested for having an unloaded gun at school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TODAY: Education Estimating Conference: Student Financial Aid, 8:30 a.m. • House PreK-12 Appropriations, 8:30 a.m. • House Higher Education, 9:30 a.m. • Senate Education, 10:30 a.m. (On the agenda, SPB 7070, a 52-page omnibus, and SB 190 on Bright Futures Scholarships) • House PreK-12 Innovation, 3 p.m. (On the agenda, PCB PKI 19-01 on career education)