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Armed teachers, private-school scholarships, teacher testing and more

 


ARMING TEACHERS: The Florida Senate Education Committee proposes allowing teachers to participate in the state’s armed Guardian program — something lawmakers expressly barred in their 2018 school safety law. The committee’s recommended revisions to that law also include sanctions for school district officials who don’t comply with all state security requirements.

PRIVATE-SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS: Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterates his plan to fund all Gardiner Scholarships for students with special needs, WJCT reports. More from the Orlando Sentinel. His announcement coincides with the release of a report lauding the benefits of Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program.

MANY THANKS: Supporters of transgender student rights flood the email inboxes of Pasco County school district leaders to thank them for standing firm in the face of pressure to change policies and procedures.

TEACHER TESTS: Gov. Ron DeSantis suggests a willingness to review the number and type of tests required for Florida teacher certification, WFTS reports.

STAY OUT: Even Broward County School Board members are kept out of meetings between district leaders and Parkland families, the Sun-Sentinel reports. (The paper had the district for access to the meetings with board members present.)

COMMON CORE FALLOUT: School district leaders in Martin and Indian River counties decide to postpone new textbook purchases until they have more information about the fate of Florida’s academic standards, TC Palm reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A Volusia County elementary school pins its hopes on a $100,000 after-school tutoring program to help children improve their performance, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

NOW HIRING: The University of Florida aims to reduce its student-faculty ratio to 16:1 by hiring 500 new faculty members, the Gainesville Sun reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: Two Lee County teens are arrested in connection with threats of violence to their high school, which had added security after the threats were made, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

FIGHTING BACK: Attorneys for suspended Okaloosa County superintendent Mary Beth Jackson claim the governor’s charges against her are nebulous, and ask a special master to find more details, the News Service of Florida reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

TODAY: Senate Education, 10 a.m. (On the agenda: SB 114, financial literacy graduation requirement) • House Education, 1:30 p.m.



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