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Florida education news: Officer training, test scores, online teaching and more

Florida education news: Officer training, test scores, online teaching and more
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GEARING UP: To meet Florida’s new school safety law, the Pinellas County school district prefers placing trained law enforcement officers in schools over the other security options. Dozens of new officers would be needed. The training is already under way. • Martin County school officials say they can’t afford to put an officer on every campus, TC Palm reports. • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High gets its clear backpacks, but its metal detectors haven’t arrived yet, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • More from the St. Augustine Record.

TEST SCORES: Florida high school students have to pass a state 10th grade language arts test and an Algebra I end-of-course exam to receive a diploma. They have options, though, of earning a set score or better on a state-approved alternate test. Those scores are about to rise. More from Orlando Sentinel.

ONLINE EDUCATION: Florida Virtual School tells 33 employees to move to Florida if they want to keep their jobs.

VOUCHERS: Florida prepares to divert state tax revenue into private-school scholarship programs, becoming the state that spends more on vouchers than any other, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FIGHTING BACK: Polk County School Board member Billy Townsend challenges the state’s authority on local education decisions, and urges his colleagues to join him, the Ledger reports.

UNION LABEL: The Florida Legislature’s move to force teacher unions to recertify annually could drive more educators into organized labor, GateHouse reports.

GENDER ISSUES: The Trump administration abandons the equal-access fight of transgender students in Florida and elsewhere, Huffington Post reports.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Gov. Rick Scott encourages Florida high schools to implement student mentoring programs, Scripps reports.

‘HANDLE WITH CARE’: Manatee County school staff will get more immediate alerts when a student has had a traumatic experience, so they can provide adequate help, the Herald-Tribune reports.

WALKOUTS: Students at a Brevard County high school walk out of class to rally in support of Second Amendment rights, Florida Today reports.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Seminole County Commission is set to give a school impact fee break to apartment complex developers, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TEACHER HOUSING: A Lee County school district plan to develop housing specifically for teachers is delayed, WBBH reports.

BAD ACTS: A Martin County middle school teacher is arrested on allegations he had sexual contact with a student in his classroom multiple times, Scripps reports.

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