Superintendent search, restroom doors and a MAGA hat

Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman Melissa Snively wants her fellow board members to observe a "cone of silence" while selecting the next superintendent. [Times staff]

Superintendent search, restroom doors and a MAGA hat


SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Fifty-one candidates from near and far meet the deadline to apply for Hillsborough County schools superintendent. The hopefuls to run the nation’s seventh largest school district have a wide range of experiences. The district’s leader of its Achievement Schools isn’t one of them, though: She takes a job in North Carolina as the applicant list emerges.

WINTER BREAK: It’s almost time. What days do students and teachers have off? Here’s a list for Tampa Bay area schools, colleges and universities.

OCCUPIED: Students at Hernando County’s Springstead High School complain of a lack of privacy after the school has all its restroom doors removed, WFTS reports.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! A Sarasota businessman donates $350 to every member of the county school district’s instructional staff, SRQ Magazine reports.

BUS BEATING: A Hamilton County family posts a video of their son being beat up on a school bus, and say it happened because of the boy’s support for Donald Trump, Fox News reports.

CONFERENCE CLASH: Polk County schools superintendent Jacqueline Byrd gets support from her staff as one of her board members again criticizes Byrd’s decision to attend a conference run by Jeb Bush’s education foundation, the Ledger reports.

AT ODDS: The Broward Teachers Union declares its contract talks at impasse after receiving a pay proposal from the district that BTU officials said was ‘insulting,’ WLRN reports.

SPORTS EQUITY: Nine of 10 Volusia County high schools have inequitable participation of girls in their athletic programs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TEACHER TURNOVER: Lee County schools see their teacher turnover rate stabilize at about 25 percent a year, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

DANCE CLASS: A Lake County high school establishes a full time dance academy, the Daily Commercial reports.

UNREPORTED THREAT: A Sarasota County mother wants to know why her son’s teacher did not report having heard another student threaten to shoot him until after the shooting occurred, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Manatee County teacher resigns after admitting to having discussions about sex with a student, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TODAY: Economic Estimating Conference for PECO bond rates, 8:30 a.m., Tallahassee


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